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Salisbury Oval master plan to accommodate emerging needs of local community

Released on 24 April 2019
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Salisbury Oval master plan to accommodate emerging needs of local community

The City of Salisbury has responded to the emerging needs of the local community and will amend the Salisbury Oval master plan to make provision for the possible growth in junior women’s football and to retain recreation space.

The amendments follow further feedback received since the original community consultation on the master plan which identified a change in demand for junior women’s football, due to the recent growth in participation in Australian Rules Football.

Council has responded by retaining Neales Green as a venue for expected growth in junior training and matches, and an area fronting the southern end of Brown Terrace adjacent to the oval for passive recreational use.

Council will also seek to protect these parcels of land and the continuation of the Brown Terrace frontage through to Orange Avenue and return the land to Community Land status.

Our new council has listened and responded to the needs of our community,” said Salisbury Mayor, Gillian Aldridge, OAM.

The numbers taking up junior football continues to increase; nobody could have predicted this ongoing growth. I’m excited that the Salisbury Oval upgrade will help further grow junior participation in sport, but also provide the wider community with enhanced facilities to be healthy and active."

Council will now update the Salisbury Oval master plan to reflect this decision, including providing for a new public toilet facility adjacent to Brown Terrace, and landscaping upgrades along the Brown Terrace frontage, to be delivered subject to future Council budget decisions.

Neales Green and Brown Terrace will be available for recreational use, which is what the community wants. Council has always recognised that the community and recreational needs are prioritised before any consideration for development of open space for other uses,” said Mayor Aldridge.

The upgrade has been welcomed by the Salisbury Football Club and Northern Districts Cricket Club who lease the oval precinct from the Council.

We are really excited about the Salisbury oval upgrade. We are working alongside Council to ensure we can accommodate the expected growth in junior football. The upgrade will enable our club to make the most of the opportunities that come from that growth,” said Salisbury Football Club President, Liam Short.

Council is investing $4.6M in upgrading the recreational and community infrastructure at Salisbury Oval, which is leveraging investment in community facilities to attract more people into the City Centre and increase activation of community spaces as part of the City Centre renewal. Grant funding of $511,000 has been secured for the project to offset some of the costs.

Key elements of the current master plan noting some of the changes include:

  • Construction of a new change room facility for football, cricket and incorporating new public toilets (completed)
  • Upgrade of the existing grandstand (underway)
  • Demolition of existing public toilets and storage sheds (underway)
  • Retention of a full size AFL and cricket oval
  • Planning for a future indoor multi-use cricket training facility (subject to future funding and business case)
  • Upgraded playground at the existing site on Brown Terrace
  • Retention of existing statement gum trees
  • Future consideration of development on the remaining land previously occupied by the now demolished St Jays recreational facility for housing to support the objectives of the Salisbury Oval master plan and Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy
  • New entrance road into the precinct, will be put on hold pending further community consultation
  • Upgraded footpaths and landscaping of existing streets
  • Installation of new CCTV security within the area. 

The upgrades underway and planned for Salisbury Oval will create an even better sporting and recreation hub, not only for local residents and the sporting clubs’ members, but for the whole Salisbury community.

Council will consult further with the community on the proposed changes including seeking feedback on the form of development of the land fronting Orange Avenue that is earmarked for future development.

Enquiries to:  Lesley Johns, Media Officer, City of Salisbury: 08 8406 8242 or 0412 583 577.