Tom Flood Sporting Centre
Major upgrade of the Tom Flood Sports Centre oval
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.
Work will start at the end of July for completion in mid-November 2022.
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 project will commence as at July 31, 2022 at which time the oval and cycling track will not be available.
- From July 31 to the end of September.
- The grass will be in and growing as at October 1, 2022. Temporary fencing and truck access will remain for all of October.
- Subject to no delays from weather, the fencing and truck access will be removed and available to clubs and community by mid-November, 2022.
- 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.