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$8.6m revamp dream for Goodwood Oval/Millswood complex.

August 18, 2014

It’s in the VERY early stages at this point,  and the estimates  are that it could take ten years to come to fruition. But plans are in train for an ambitious upgrade of the Goodwood Oval and Millswood sporting complex with a total bill at this stage of  $8million.

Of that figure an estimated $3.5million would be needed to undertake improvements to the existing Oval buildings “to enhance functionality, aesthetic appearances , access and use and to alleviate negative impacts on surrounding residents. All development needs to be consistent with relevant guidelines and standards (including the AFL preferred facilities guidelines)”.

Meanwhile it is recommended that there be no move to establish one building for all sports as there is seen to be justification for retaining the oval grandstand and tennis buildings.

Other suggestions and costs are:

Retention of 12 tennis courts and undertake improvements in partnership with Tennis SA ($360,000).

Enhance the play space and northwest corner of the site for recreation, and establish pathways throughout the site and between the Oval and the Millswood complex ($648,000)

Extra car parks ($120,000)

Art works and design features. ($120,000)

Infrastructure improvements, signage, fountains, etc ($120,000)


At Millswood the menu items  and   ($2,943,000) costs  are:

Replace the two lawn bowls greens with one synthetic green and one croquet lawn, whilst retaining the existing croquet greens ($744,000)

Upgrade the main building as a shared-use sport and community facility ($771,000)

Retain the croquet building for day to day use in connection with the lawns ($126,000)

Create internal viewing areas and spaces within facilities for broader community access, including a community piazza ($840,000)

Increase and modify car parking ($144,000)

What is NOT included in all the above (as reported by “Grumpy” last week) , is the provision of a synthetic hockey pitch for the Forestville club, which, the report states, “understands the rationale for not providing a synthetic pitch at Goodwood Oval and has requested Council’s support in identifying an alternative location”.

For more details of the $8million dream, the full report to Council on August 11 can be sighted at the Council Offices.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    August 20, 2014 9:30 pm

    Very poor showing by Unley Council. No extra car parks should be considered as it is effectively removing precious public open space.


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