Your Holdfast: Glenelg Oval

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Background

Glenelg Oval, located in Glenelg East, is an established sport and community recreation reserve which is highly valued by existing user groups and the local community.

Glenelg Oval is a high profile cricket and football venue used primarily by the Glenelg District Cricket Club and the Glenelg Football Club who participate in the SANFL. The site is considered a regional sporting facility in Council’s Open Space and Public Realm Strategy due to the level of play, current facility provision and broad participation catchment. The site is also occupied by the Holdfast Tennis club and Glenelg Primary School, who have access to the playing field for interschool sports and other activities.

The site is of local heritage value and contains some historic and significant infrastructure dating back to the early 1900's. The Air Raid Shelter was constructed in approximately 1942 during the Second World War, and is considered a significant heritage place within the City of Glenelg.

The Master Plan aims to identify key issues and challenges containing the use and development of Glenelg Oval and provide a clear vision and direction for the site that will enable Council to plan for it's future enhancement and improvement. Activating use, providing an inviting and welcoming place to visit, and developing centralised hub for sport and the community are key outcomes for the Master Plan.

A staged approach for the development and implementation of key Master Plan actions will be taken. This approach will provide the opportunity to allocate funding across a number of financial years, in line with the proposed sequence of works and investigate relevant external funding applications to support recommendations.

Proposed actions have been allocated a level of priority within each of the three stages of development, and are based on their relative impact on delivering the desired outcomes. It should be acknowledged that priorities can change and are based on funding availability. The presentation of new or unknown opportunities or changes in community demands can also alter priorities.

Background

Glenelg Oval, located in Glenelg East, is an established sport and community recreation reserve which is highly valued by existing user groups and the local community.

Glenelg Oval is a high profile cricket and football venue used primarily by the Glenelg District Cricket Club and the Glenelg Football Club who participate in the SANFL. The site is considered a regional sporting facility in Council’s Open Space and Public Realm Strategy due to the level of play, current facility provision and broad participation catchment. The site is also occupied by the Holdfast Tennis club and Glenelg Primary School, who have access to the playing field for interschool sports and other activities.

The site is of local heritage value and contains some historic and significant infrastructure dating back to the early 1900's. The Air Raid Shelter was constructed in approximately 1942 during the Second World War, and is considered a significant heritage place within the City of Glenelg.

The Master Plan aims to identify key issues and challenges containing the use and development of Glenelg Oval and provide a clear vision and direction for the site that will enable Council to plan for it's future enhancement and improvement. Activating use, providing an inviting and welcoming place to visit, and developing centralised hub for sport and the community are key outcomes for the Master Plan.

A staged approach for the development and implementation of key Master Plan actions will be taken. This approach will provide the opportunity to allocate funding across a number of financial years, in line with the proposed sequence of works and investigate relevant external funding applications to support recommendations.

Proposed actions have been allocated a level of priority within each of the three stages of development, and are based on their relative impact on delivering the desired outcomes. It should be acknowledged that priorities can change and are based on funding availability. The presentation of new or unknown opportunities or changes in community demands can also alter priorities.

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    Why not get a qualified engineer to inspect the damaged grandstand and make a qualified decision on whether the grandstand can be repaired as the proposed "mound" will not attract as many supporters to the SANFL as would a grandstand.

    Vicki Rickard Asked over 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Following a severe storm event on 27 December 2016 the roof at the HY Sparks stand at the Glenelg Oval suffered significant damage resulting in the partial demolition of the corrugated iron roof and damage to the brick work and steel support columns.

    Council undertook an engineering assessment of the damage and an IMPARTA engineer produced a structural damage report for the insurance company. The findings of these reports plus a costings report were provided to Council on 14 March 2017. The report included $600k to repair the stand. If Council were to spend the $600k to repair the grandstand, it would only bring it up to the pre storm condition, which was very poor and the worst change room facilities in the SANFL. The Council report included 3 options and the decision was made to demolish the stand and replace with a grass mound and shelter.

    Further to this:

    • The facilities provided within the grandstand didn’t meet some areas of the SANFL requirements and needed upgrading

    • There is some legacy issues with access and egress and compliance that needed to be addressed

    • With current crowds, the 1000 seat Edward Rix stand is more than adequate

    Thank you.