The Traralgon Sports Stadium (TSS) is being redeveloped and expanded for multi-purpose use, allowing the centre to host large-scale events such as regional, national and international championships.
A four-court extension to the existing stadium featuring a new show court with 3000 capacity spectator seating and associated amenities is the cornerstone of plans for the Catterick Crescent site.
New courts will be constructed for netball, basketball, badminton and other indoor sports, including a new show court with spectator seating, in addition to an overhaul of the existing indoor stadium and administration areas.
The stadium has been earmarked by Basketball Victoria as the home for a new elite pathway program at the high performance training hub, one of seven across the state.
What’s happening now?
Construction is nearing completion on the Traralgon Sports Stadium redevelopment.
Lead contractor Becon Constructions took control of the site on 18 March, 2019 following the completion of early works including an extension to the car park.
A power of work has followed since; the structural frame of the new building was erected by local contractor WELDTEK, using about 320 tonnes of steel.
A concrete slab was poured in mid-2019 prior to the installation of the new sports hall, which is made from sound absorbing materials to reduce noise generated from the stadium.
A total of 57 kilometres of Victorian Ash timber flooring - sourced from Heyfield’s Australian Sustainable Hardwoods - was recently acclimatised and laid inside the enclosed stadium shell.
Sanding of the courts is now taking place side-by-side with the installation of the show court grandstand.
A shot of the flooring being laid in December.
A new international standard show court will be the centrepiece of the finished stadium, with the ability to seat 3000 spectators making it the largest capacity Victorian indoor sport stadium east of Melbourne.
A total of 292 car parks will also be created at the reserve as part of the project.
A $2 million top-up from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure loan scheme has brought the total funding for the centre up to $19 million, with plans to bring the centre to a total of eight compliant courts for local use and to increase its ability to attract and host major events.
GROW Gippsland and the Industry Capability Network were engaged to ensure local sub-contractors are used on the build, with a number involved including:
- Platinum Electricians
- Morrow Plumbing
- M&JM Cook (concrete)
- MTS Excavations
A Project Reference Group (PRG), including community representatives and user groups, has met regularly throughout the planning process and continues to act as a key consultation conduit between council and community.
Despite some weather delays, the project is currently on track to be finished in late March or early April 2020.
During the current phase of construction, access to the Traralgon Sports Stadium has incurred some minor changes.
After a brief closure over the school holidays (to complete some preliminary works to the existing building), the stadium reopened on 15 July.
The normal entry will no longer be accessible to the public and will become part of the construction site.
Visitors and users should note the following changes:
🏀 Changes to the entry point and reception desk location
🏀 Changes to the small car park in front of the new entry (restricted parking area for facility operations and accessible parking only).
Catterick Crescent Reserve
Indoor sports aren’t the only winners at Catterick Crescent; cricket upgrades are taking place alongside the Traralgon Sports Stadium development.
Stage one works were recently completed with the installation of a four lane cricket net training facility.
It features retractable netting across three of the lanes, which open up into a larger multi-use space for all activities and a single lane for public use.
There are plans for a new shared sports pavilion to be developed to service the existing cricket oval and the adjacent school facility for junior activities.
Jack, Ross and Izzy Williams (pictured) from Imperials Cricket Club christened the nets with a maiden hit-out in late 2019.
The project was jointly funded by Latrobe City Council and Latrobe Valley Authority.