West Woolgoolga Sports Complex including Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex (WWSC) project is the development of a new integrated sport and community facility, located on the north western end of the township of Woolgoolga. The site is located on the western side of Solitary Islands Way, nearly opposite the Centenary Drive entrance to Woolgoolga High School.

The project includes:

  • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields: fields to cater to AFL and Cricket (seasonal users), with a tournament overlay for touch football and rugby, including 200 lux lighting, drainage, amenities and cricket practice nets
  • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre: two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities and cafe
  • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services

The project vision for West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate.

The project has now completed the detailed design phase led by principal design consultant Populous and project managers APP.

Enabling works have commenced in November 2020, with major construction from early 2021 and anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

This project page will provide updates as the project is delivered.

Click here for media release

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex (WWSC) project is the development of a new integrated sport and community facility, located on the north western end of the township of Woolgoolga. The site is located on the western side of Solitary Islands Way, nearly opposite the Centenary Drive entrance to Woolgoolga High School.

The project includes:

  • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields: fields to cater to AFL and Cricket (seasonal users), with a tournament overlay for touch football and rugby, including 200 lux lighting, drainage, amenities and cricket practice nets
  • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre: two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities and cafe
  • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services

The project vision for West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate.

The project has now completed the detailed design phase led by principal design consultant Populous and project managers APP.

Enabling works have commenced in November 2020, with major construction from early 2021 and anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

This project page will provide updates as the project is delivered.

  • Work begins on $23.1 million Woolgoolga Sports Complex

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    03 Nov 2020
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    The ground was broken today on the $23.1m West Woolgoolga Sports Complex by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP, State Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh MP and Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.

    This first stage involves connecting the water and sewer network to the site. Following a competitive tender process, local company Burnett Civil was awarded the contract.

    Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the project is a game changer for the entire Northern Beaches.

    “Our community has been fighting to make this a reality for over 10 years,” Mr Hogan said. “It will allow Woolgoolga to host major sporting and cultural events, drawing more people to our region.”

    “This project is all about creating and supporting local jobs – it will create over 140 jobs during construction and support many more into the future.”

    State Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said he wants the community to have access to the best possible recreation facilities.

    “I’d like to congratulate and applaud our community for their commitment over the years to this project,” Mr Singh said. “The Multi-Purpose Centre will include two indoor courts, a stage, kitchen, café, multi-purpose rooms and amenities.”

    “When complete, this facility will cater for AFL, cricket, basketball, netball and touch football.”

    Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight said it’s a thrill to see all three levels of government working together positively with the community to deliver this project.

    “Seeing the first trenches being dug is always a really exciting moment for any project, but this one has such significance for the local community that it really is extra special,” Cr Knight said. “Working in partnership always produces the best outcomes and this collaborative approach has been so evident in the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches community’s whole campaign for this project.”

    “This is a moment in which we need to acknowledge the many community stakeholders for their invaluable contributions over the past decade – in particular, the tireless community working group led by Alastair Milroy.”

    The project received funding from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government, and Council.

    About the project

    The project has evolved after significant community consultation and input over a decade. The detailed design phase, led by renowned sports architects Populous and supported by a number of local design consultants, has validated previous concept design, engagement and input.

    The project includes:

    • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields: to cater to AFL, Cricket, with tournament overlay for Touch Football as well as multi use fields, including lighting, drainage and amenities.
    • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre: two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities.
    • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services.

    The project vision for West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate.

    The major construction tender is due to go out to the marketplace shortly. Contracts are expected to be agreed in early 2021 and work will begin as soon as they are in place. The project is expected to be completed by late 2022.

  • Local Tradies Sought for New Sports Complex Construction

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    16 Oct 2020
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    Local tradies are being invited to be part of the biggest Council construction project ever to come to Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches – the massive $23m development of the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex.

    Council is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced local tradespeople and suppliers who wish to be included in a List of Local Contractors that will be made available as part of the tender documentation for construction.

    Council’s Group Leader City Prosperity Nikki Greenwood said the initiative was all about helping local businesses get front and centre when the overall tender was finally awarded.

    “This is certainly the biggest Council infrastructure project that’s ever come to Woolgoolga, with $23m worth of works to be done over two years that will require input from a wide range of skills,” she said. “There will be more than 40 categories of trades and services needed to build the new complex and we hope that by giving locals the opportunity to nominate themselves, the future tenderers will see the breadth of experience and services available locally.

    “Ultimately the goal is to see as many subcontracts as possible awarded to locals.”

    A similar local tradie EOI carried out for the recent upgrade of C.ex Coffs International Stadium was highly successful with over 40 local businesses employed on the build.

    “We hope to see as many locals engaged this time around,” added Ms Greenwood. “While it’s not a guarantee of work, it’s an opportunity for locals to show the wider construction industry what they have to offer.”

    The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex project was made possible through joint funding by the Australian Government, State Government and Coffs Harbour City Council. Stimulating the local economy through the construction phase and into the future is a key priority of all funding partners.

    Click the Construction Trades, Contractors and Services banner above to complete the EOI form before 11.59pm on Sunday, 1 November 2020.

  • Progress on West Woolgoolga Sports Complex

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    21 Aug 2020
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    Detailed design of the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is proceeding as planned and Council is now able to share the schematic designs by Populous.

    The design team have had two rounds of consultation with the community working group to validate the more than a decade of community consultation previously.

    Coffs Harbour City Council Group Leader City Prosperity Nikki Greenwood said it’s wonderful to see the schematic designs reflecting all of the various inputs we’ve received from the community over many years.

    “The design team have been working tirelessly to deliver the project vision. The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex will be an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate. We’ve already received some great feedback on the documents on have your say and encourage everyone to go and have a look this weekend.”

    The design will be completed later this year – now is the time for final feedback.

    The construction project is jointly funded by the Australian government, NSW government and Coffs Harbour City Council. Establishment works are anticipated to commence in November, and major construction in 2021.

  • Design Kicks Off for West Woolgoolga Sports Complex

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    26 Jun 2020
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    The Design Team working on the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex have already met with the Community Working Group behind this successful initiative to continue the ongoing detailed design work.

    Alastair Milroy, Chair of the Community Working Group, said the community had always wanted to have a Complex that showcased the best of Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches. “As a local I have no hesitation in saying that we deserve a world-class community facility for our youth, our families, visitors and everyone. It’s great to be working with Council and a team of global and local talent that will craft the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex into the facility we always hoped for.”

    The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is being project managed by APP and the Principle Design Consultant is Populous, a renowned sports architecture practice. Local consultants including civil engineers De Groot & Benson, geotechnical engineers Regional Geotech, ASP3 electrical and field lighting designers Alan Kneale Electrical, surveyors Newnham Karl Weir & Partners and quantity surveyors Del Consulting are also part of the design team.

    “It’s vital that the community – via the Community Working Group – continues to provide input as the Complex begins to take shape, as it has driven this project from the beginning,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. “We see the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex as a key project to help the local economy and community begin to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hopefully the first of many such post-pandemic projects that will provide jobs and an economic boost for local families and businesses.”

    Populous Architect, Belinda Goh, said the Complex will become a key community asset for creating healthier, more connected communities in the local area and for Coffs Harbour.

    “Populous has brought together an exceptional team with global design experience and local knowledge to ensure the WWSC will become a thriving and attractive place for people of all ages, gender, ability, cultural and social backgrounds to visit, play and come together.

    “We understand the importance of supporting sporting pathways – but also supporting community groups and organisations and the creation of this facility will instil a sense of pride for current and future generations. After recently engaging with the various local community groups we understand their enduring passions to create this important place for the community and working together we will strive to deliver real value for the community through the design and delivery of this facility.”

    The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex has three main components:

    • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields catering for AFL and Cricket, as well as multi-use fields with lighting, drainage and amenities (Playing Fields stage 1).
    • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre with two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities (Multi-Purpose Centre stages 1 and 2).
    • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services.
  • Funding for West Woolgoolga Sports Complex Welcomed

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    26 Jun 2020
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    The announcement of a $10m Australian Government grant towards the West Woolgoolga Sports Complex has been welcomed with delight by Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.

    “This is absolutely fantastic news for Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches and I’d like to congratulate the local community for their commitment and enthusiasm to this project. Their support and drive – particularly that of the committee led by Alastair Milroy – have been vital in seeing this project come to life,” she said.

    “It’s also very exciting to see all three levels of government come to the table and commit to funding this project. It underlines how important we all see this development for the future of Woolgoolga, the Northern Beaches and the wider area.”

    The project is forecast to cost $24.7m. Council has provided $6.7m, the NSW Government $8m and the Australian Government has now announced a further $10m.

    Alastair Milroy, Chair of the Community Working Group said: “The support from the local community, including their commitment of funds towards the project, has been outstanding. This is a great example of sporting, community and cultural groups working together with Council and government to realise the vision.”

    The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex has three main components:

    • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields catering for AFL and Cricket, as well as multi-use fields with lighting, drainage and amenities (Playing Fields stage 1).
    • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre with two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities (Multi-Purpose Centre stages 1 and 2).
    • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services.

    The project is supported by Coffs Harbour City Council’s adopted ‘Sports Facility Plan’ and ‘Indoor Sport Study’.

    Detailed design, funded by Council, is already well underway. Some site works are due to begin later this year with major construction works to start in early 2021. Construction is anticipated to take two years.

    “The West Woolgoolga Sports Complex is going to play a major role in increasing the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages in the area through increased participation levels in sport and active recreation, as well as the social connections that will result,” said Nikki Greenwood, Council’s Group Leader City Prosperity.

    “Plus it will provide a safe and inclusive community and sporting precinct that will cater for a wide variety of uses, people and events.”