Latrobe Sports and Entertainment Complex, Morwell
It is proposed the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium will become the centre of excellence for football (soccer) in Gippsland – providing a pathway for promising young athletes to elite sport through Gippsland FC and other high performance programs.
Works will include upgrades of current grass pitches and construction of a synthetic pitch with lighting. Upgrades to grandstands, change rooms and club rooms are also being considered in line with future potential funding opportunities.
What’s happening now?
Meetings have been held with governing soccer bodies around the design and usage of the $1.7 million upgrade to the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium.
A consultant has been engaged to develop a master plan and business model, following extensive consultation with the full range of facility stakeholders. Work on the masterplan is progressing and will be completed in the coming weeks.
Consultation is continuing with key user groups including Falcons 2000, Gippsland Football Club, Football Federation Victoria (FFV), Latrobe Valley Soccer League, Referees Association and current tenant – Tribes.
Council is working with FFV to determine the requirements for centre of excellence status and to refine the parameters for development pathways.
In 2017 Council purchased the facility back from its private owners to ensure it is developed and used as a community asset and immediate works were completed to bring the change rooms up to quality and safety standard for major events.
A successful W-League pre-season match was hosted last year at the facility between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.
Community consultation is continuing with user groups and a Project Manager for major recreation projects has been appointed to oversee the stadium’s redevelopment.
A Project Reference Group has been established to help guide the project and held its first meeting in May.