Harpers Field Community Building and Sporting Club Redevelopment

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Council decision/outcomes

During the consultation period 54 submissions were received regarding the draft masterplan. A range of comments were provided; the most frequently mentioned related to the use of the ovals and installation of an additional cricket pitch. The next most common comments related to the football and cricket clubs’ competing interests in their use of the site and car parking.

At its meeting on Tuesday 24 May 2022 Council, having considered the report, noted the community feedback received and how this feedback is being incorporated into the project as set out within the Council report

The next step for this project is for the Audit Committee and Council to consider a Prudential Report to make sure due diligence has been applied to the project. Following this we will undertake more detailed designs in consultation with the users of Harpers Field.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 following the development approval and tender process, with the redevelopment anticipated to be completed in late 2023.

Read the community engagement outcomes report

Read the Council Meeting minutes - 24 May 2022

Background

We are inviting our community to provide feedback about a draft masterplan which has been developed for the Harpers Field Community Building and Sporting Club redevelopment.

The proposed redevelopment of the Harpers Field site at Golden Grove is a $12 million investment supporting the increased need for recreation and community facilities in the City’s north. The project is partly funded by a $6 million grant from the State Government's Local Government Infrastructure Program.

Once completed, the redevelopment will provide opportunities for the local community to participate in sport and community groups with a modern, fit for purpose space.

The facility will include new clubrooms for Golden Grove Football Club and Golden Grove Cricket Club with lighting, car parks and landscaping also to be delivered as part of the project.

More details about what is proposed on the draft masterplan and the rationale for the design choices made in the development of the draft masterplan are available in the Information Sheet.

A copy of the draft masterplan is available in the Documents section.

Future users of the site will be further engaged later in this project.


To get involved and have your say:

  • Register here (if you haven't already, otherwise you can sign in when prompted)
  • Provide feedback by completing the online feedback form
  • Have a question? Ask us here

All feedback received will be presented to Council for consideration before any further decisions are made about about this redevelopment.

If you need assistance to participate in this consultation, please call us on 8397 7444 or send us a message

Council decision/outcomes

During the consultation period 54 submissions were received regarding the draft masterplan. A range of comments were provided; the most frequently mentioned related to the use of the ovals and installation of an additional cricket pitch. The next most common comments related to the football and cricket clubs’ competing interests in their use of the site and car parking.

At its meeting on Tuesday 24 May 2022 Council, having considered the report, noted the community feedback received and how this feedback is being incorporated into the project as set out within the Council report

The next step for this project is for the Audit Committee and Council to consider a Prudential Report to make sure due diligence has been applied to the project. Following this we will undertake more detailed designs in consultation with the users of Harpers Field.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 following the development approval and tender process, with the redevelopment anticipated to be completed in late 2023.

Read the community engagement outcomes report

Read the Council Meeting minutes - 24 May 2022

Background

We are inviting our community to provide feedback about a draft masterplan which has been developed for the Harpers Field Community Building and Sporting Club redevelopment.

The proposed redevelopment of the Harpers Field site at Golden Grove is a $12 million investment supporting the increased need for recreation and community facilities in the City’s north. The project is partly funded by a $6 million grant from the State Government's Local Government Infrastructure Program.

Once completed, the redevelopment will provide opportunities for the local community to participate in sport and community groups with a modern, fit for purpose space.

The facility will include new clubrooms for Golden Grove Football Club and Golden Grove Cricket Club with lighting, car parks and landscaping also to be delivered as part of the project.

More details about what is proposed on the draft masterplan and the rationale for the design choices made in the development of the draft masterplan are available in the Information Sheet.

A copy of the draft masterplan is available in the Documents section.

Future users of the site will be further engaged later in this project.


To get involved and have your say:

  • Register here (if you haven't already, otherwise you can sign in when prompted)
  • Provide feedback by completing the online feedback form
  • Have a question? Ask us here

All feedback received will be presented to Council for consideration before any further decisions are made about about this redevelopment.

If you need assistance to participate in this consultation, please call us on 8397 7444 or send us a message

Harpers Field Redevelopment Draft Masterplan

Ask us a question about the Harpers Field Redevelopment Draft Masterplan and we'll get back to you. Questions and answers will also be published on this website.

Note: please do not send questions here that are not relevant to this proposal. Questions about general Council matters please contact Customer Service

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    Regarding the Harpers Field Community Building and Sporting Club, although feedback is closed I hope they have also considered the car-parking situation? As I believe it would be much easier to have a one way direction flow of traffic, having a separate exit to the entrance, which could quite easily be implemented here.

    BJ asked 7 months ago

    Hi BJ, in response:

    Thank you for your question. The design team are still working through the detailed car park design, based on feedback from the community engagement we have amended the proposed new car park so that it connects through to Crouch Road. The car park is still proposed as two way flow. 

    A traffic engineer is working as part of the design team on the final design and the project will require planning approval which will include a traffic assessment from Council’s traffic engineer.

     Kind regards, Joanne

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    Why do government and councils throw millions and millions of dollars at projects like harpers, when all this money only benefits a small amount of people..... you keep on putting up our council rates for things that most people dont use.... this is not very smart, unethical and imoral

    Shayne asked 10 months ago

    Hi Shayne, thanks for your question. In response:

    The City of Tea Tree Gully owns approximately 80 buildings, excluding amenities and sheds, that form part of its building portfolio. Primarily these buildings are either leased or managed by Council for both civic and community use ranging from sporting clubs, community halls, recreation centres and operational.

    Council is currently undertaking a building optimisation audit that will provide useful information to assist Council in making informed and timely decisions relative to planning, developing, and monitoring its building/property/land portfolio, and assessing utilisation and functionality to meet current and future needs and requirements.

    At this stage it is highly likely, based on the current interim findings, that many of the buildings have reached or are approaching the end of their serviceable life and no longer meet the needs of our community. The intention will be to rationalise these buildings over the next decade. To achieve this renewal objective Council will implement its planned mid 00’s vision to develop two multi-use flexible state of the art facilities, one of which would be located in the north of the city and one towards the south.

    The first facility will be in the north at Harpers Field and the adjoining vacant land on the corner of Golden Grove Road and Crouch Road Greenwith. In making this assessment of the following factors were considered:

    • Insufficient community space available in the northern part of the Council area. This is as a result of the population growth of the Golden Grove and Greenwith suburbs over the past three decades
    • The demand/request for community space in the north is high, with the number of requests from active recreation groups, low impact exercise program and arts and creative groups exceeding the community space currently available
    • The Golden Grove Football Club (GGFC) has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years. With the current facility incorporating two change rooms and social space, the club has now expanded beyond the capacity of the existing facility
    • Council’s sporting facilities are under increasing pressure from higher demand and a surge in women’s participation. This is placing higher expectations for new and enhanced facilities to meet the needs of our community, clubs and sporting participants
    • The increased participation at GGFC has culminated in car parking congestion issues at Harpers Field. With vehicles regularly overflowing onto One Tree Hill Road, there is a need to increase the on-site parking capacity and increase safety
    • The community in the southern Council area are serviced by a "Men’s shed". To contribute to the well-being of the community in the northern Council area, the intention is to incorporate a Community Shed within the new facility.


    Kind regards, Sarah

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    Will the playground be enclosed? There are young kids and kids on the autism spectrum and having the playground enclosed is vitally important for safety.

    Sheridan Horskins asked 10 months ago

    Hi Sheridan, thanks for your question, in response: 

    The project does not include a traditional playground, it will have a large plaza area linking the two buildings, two ovals and two car parks. This plaza will have some play elements integrated within it. The plaza will not be fenced however placement of barriers to the car parks will be considered during detailed design for any play elements located near them for increased safety. This approach is consistent with Council’s Playground Guide.

    Kind regards, Joanne

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    Does this proposal require the removal of the tea tree pottery studio and the greenwith scout group sheds? If so, what happens to these smaller groups? I understand more people will use the footy club but that doesn’t undermines the importance of arts and scouts.

    Rspil asked 10 months ago

    Hi Rspil, thanks for your question, in response:

    The draft masterplan does not propose any changes for the Tea Tree Pottery Studio or Greenwith Scout Group sheds.

    Kind regards, Joanne

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    Hello - can you provide any further details on the specifics of the 4 changerooms? Are they 2 male and 2 female, home and away? Also, how will the clubroom be accessed via the new western car park? Thanks

    10 months ago

    Hi AmandaAsh, thanks for your questions. In response:

    The changerooms (two home, two away) will adopt inclusive design principles meaning each changeroom is suitable for all users, eg. no urinals or open showers. This is consistent with the AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines.

    Pedestrian links will be constructed through the site linking the two buildings and two carparks together without the need for stairs. Stairs might still exist as an option in some locations.

    Kind regards, Sarah

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