Tom Flood Sporting Centre

Tom Flood Sporting Complex grass surface and track

Major upgrade of the Tom Flood Sports Centre oval

Project update - December 2022

The timing of the construction project to renew and upgrade the Tom Flood Sports Field has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The recent floods have impacted the ability to source the supply of suitable sand and turf for the surface, delaying the project completion to early 2023.

This delay does impact track cycling and access to the surface. The City has been working with all user groups and providing regular updates.

Background

The City is undertaking a $1.1M major upgrade of the Tom Flood Sports Centre oval to enable it to meet the service standards required for environmental sustainability, player safety and functionality.

The existing surface of the Tom Flood Sports Centre oval is undulating and has many different types of grass. The oval currently doesn't meet service standards or support current and future demands for sport and community use at the site.

The project will involve:

  • Removal of the current playing surface, drainage and irrigation systems
  • Installation of a new sand slit drainage system
  • New soil and replanting of the oval with drought tolerant, durable, all year round Santa Ana grass

This project will provide a surface that meets the standards required by various sporting codes. It will also take the pressure off the Queen Elizabeth Oval as Tom Flood will have the ability to cater for more events requiring a surface that meets international standards.

Both the oval and cycling track won't be accessible to user groups or the community during the construction period.

Access to the Tom Flood Sports Centre bus exchange won't be impacted by the work.

Frequently asked questions

The existing surface of the Tom Flood Sports Centre oval has many types of grass and is undulating.  It does not meet current service standards or support current and future demands for sport and community use at the site.

When completed this project will provide a surface that meets the standards required by various sporting codes.  It will also take the pressure off the Queen Elizabeth Oval as more events will be able to be hosted at Tom Flood Sports Centre.

The project will involve demolition of the old oval surface, installation of a new sand slit drainage system, new soil and replanting of the oval with drought tolerant, durable, all year round Santa Ana grass.

This is a $1.1 million project that will be fully funded by the City of Greater Bendigo as an oval renewal.

The recent floods have impacted the ability to source the supply of suitable sand and turf for the surface, delaying the project completion to early 2023.

Commencement

  • The project will commence as at July 31, 2022 at which time the oval and cycling track will not be available.

Construction

  • From July 31 to the end of January, 2023.

Grass completed

  • The grass will be in and growing in February 2023. Temporary fencing and truck access will remain.

Completion

  • Subject to no delays from weather, the fencing and truck access will be removed and available to clubs and community in April 2023.

Booking

  • Booking for events, festivals etc. will not be available until 2023 when we know the grass has established.

No, it will be business as usual for parking and the bus exchange and the public toilets will still be available for use.

There will be no club or public access to the oval and the cycling track during construction and growth stages.

Members of the general public that pass through the reserve need to be aware of the works but should not be inconvenienced by the works.

User groups and local schools will not have access to the oval or track during the same works period.

The City will work with local schools and clubs to support alternative venues and locations if required during this time.

Tom Flood Sporting Centre hosts cycling, athletics, junior AFL, soccer, rugby and grid Iron.

The centre also hosts school athletics carnivals as well as many community events including Beer and Wine Festivals and Live Music events etc.

User Groups include Bendigo Cycling Club, Bendigo Athletics Club and Bendigo Maddison Committee.

The City of Greater Bendigo is responsible for maintaining the facilities.

Clubs enter into seasonal licencing, or lease agreements for access.  The agreements also set out their obligations in maintaining the facility and allowing for broader public access and use.

The recent floods have impacted the timelines to complete the oval resurfacing project until early 2023. This delay has impacted the ability to host athletics as part of the Bendigo International Madison, with the Bendigo International Madison Committee deciding to cancel the 2023 event. The 2024 Bendigo International Madison will be the 50th event featuring athletics and cycling from 8 – 10 March 2024. 

Timeline

  • Oval and cycling track closed for project
  • Complete construction work
  • Grass growing period, velodrome track available to clubs and community
  • Established surface, grass surface available to clubs and community

Contact

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bryce Balsillie:

[email protected] 

1300 002 642

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