Council has been working with Cox Architecture and a stakeholder group of site users on plans to upgrade the Bega Sporting Complex Sports Building. The need for the project was identified when the master planning for the Bega Sports Complex was being developed. That master plan has been adopted by Council and is available on Councils website.
Primarily the project is based on a number of issues with poor facilities on the site. They include poor change room facilities (particularly servicing George Griffin Oval); improving accessibility to and around the site; improving seating for both ovals; canteen facilities to service both ovals and suitable facilities to host professional sporting matches and other events. Given the proximity to the existing indoor sports building and noting that facility is also beginning to show its age and does not meet current standards has led to the Bega Sports Complex Building project. The project looks to address these problems and also look at opportunities to improve the area and enable it to be better used by the community.
Council has been working through The NSW State Governments Sports Infrastructure Fund to source external funding for the two adopted sporting complex masterplans for Bega and Pambula. Good feedback was received on the initial funding program 'Expression of Interest' Council submitted. A full business case application has now been submitted. Fingers crossed. There are also staging options which gives additional flexibility in delivery if need be.
The project aligns well with the criteria for the Sports Infrastructure Fund program. The project is ambitious but it is fundamentally based on facilities that are needed now and asset upgrades that will be needed not too far into the future. It applies a ‘multi-use’ approach which will see the facilities well used and delivering good value to the community. The works reflect the consultation outcomes identified in the adopted Bega Sporting Complex Masterplan.
An important part of the project has been in gathering ideas and feedback from users. To date this has been done through an initial online survey followed by two project workshop presentations by Cox Architecture with the project stakeholder group. The first workshop discussed an overview of site issues and opportunities and developed some broad outcomes and ‘scope’ for the project.
The second workshop presented 3 differing options on how the outcomes could be achieved. At that workshop there was good discussion on the pros and cons of each of the 3 options and also some consideration of likely cost differences between each option. A summary of key priorities from the stakeholder feedback is included on the page titled Stakeholder Feedback and Project Brief Summary.
In February 2019 the Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced $13.5 million in funding for sporting facility upgrades in Bega, Pambula and at the Merimbula basketball and netball courts. The Bega Valley Shire Council's sporting complex master plans will go ahead at both Bega and Pambula with $8.5 million announced for the Bega plans and a further $4 million to implement the upgrades at the Pambula Sporting Complex and $1 million towards the Merimbula basketball and Netball courts.
Through 2019 Council staff have been working with NSW Office of Sport providing project overviews and detailed project briefs. The funding deed are expected to be finalised in early 2020.
The outcome of the workshops is ‘Option 4’ which is to be distributed to the stakeholder group for comment. This option is based on overcoming facility gaps, meeting needs of users, compliance with current standards and getting the facility mix right. It then looks at linking and relating those required works to other opportunities for upgrades and improvements that will see the site able to cater for a wider range of uses and community events into the future. It also includes an option for a staging plan to demonstrate the works could be completed progressively if need be.
‘Option 4’ presents a detailed concept that addresses the scope of the project. It meets user ‘needs’ and brings facilities up to current standards. It also makes a number of improvements to the site and facilities and in doing so looks to meet many user ‘wants’. A fundamental aspect of the project has been a ‘multi-use’ approach. This increases the sites ability to host a range of users and events which will see the facilities well used and delivering good value to the community.