October 2022 Update
In late October, we began standing up the steel using large cranes. This steel will form the structure that will go over the outdoor courts to provide an all-weather venue.
Construction of the northern car park is underway and the asphalting works will be completed towards the end of the project.
The outdoor courts remain closed as works take place, but the indoor courts and multi-purpose rooms are open and available for use.
The redevelopment project is on track to be completed this summer.
Visit the Sportlink website for more details.
About the Project
The Sportlink redevelopment includes the construction of a roof over the outside courts that will transform the appearance and usage of the stadium’s outdoor area. This will allow the outside courts to be played in all weather and now, in addition, include basketball to be played on two of the outdoor courts.
There will also be the following additional features provided to the outdoor courts:
- an upgraded acrylic court surface providing better traction;
- a new roof over the outdoor courts will also extend over the existing spectator seating area to provide added shelter;
- new and improved lighting.
Increasing the number of covered courts will also allow for extended hours of play, improving the ability for associations and clubs to manage competitions, as inclement weather will no longer impact matches and ensure improved comfort for players.
Environmental benefits include 300 solar panels on the new roof over the outdoor courts (100kW system), upgrades and additional water tanks for rainwater harvesting.
Sportlink is a heavily-utilised facility and these upgrades will increase the usable hours of the outdoor courts and enhance player and spectator experience.
As part of the $8.6m redevelopment, the stadium will include:
- a new roof over the outdoor courts
- upgraded court surfaces
- LED lighting
- basketball rings and associated line-marking on two of the outdoor courts
- improved drainage
- sealing of the gravel car park adjacent to Livingstone Primary School
- landscaping works
- solar panels
- fire services upgrades inside the facility
The outdoor courts will become a multi-use facility, accommodating for netball on all four courts and basketball on two of the courts. With an improved surface that has no impeding infrastructure between playing areas, the space can be opened up to accommodate a range of open space events and activities, including roller sports activities.
This will enable the programming of additional and increased use of the courts and provide for the growing number of basketballers and skaters in the community.
Improvements to the stadium will bring numerous benefits, including to the Whitehorse Netball Association which runs a number of competitions with more than 200 teams playing at Sportlink each week.
The outdoor courts will be constructed to industry standards and include hardwearing finishes appropriate to the sports played to a design approved by Netball Victoria.
The redevelopment of Sportlink supports Council’s Recreation Strategy 2015-2024 and Whitehorse Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2015.
Project timeline and works information
Works have now commenced and are scheduled to finish end 2022.
During the program of works there will be staged temporary closures to the outdoor courts and parts of the car park.
Access to pathways and parking within the Sportlink precinct will change as work progresses.
Information about closures will be promoted on the Council project webpage and signage will be displayed on site.
The project is being jointly funded by Whitehorse City Council, which has allocated $8.6m inclusive of the funding amount of $1.5m from the Commonwealth Government’s Community Development Grants program.