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Central Oval Community Sporting Hub

Central Oval

Central Oval

Construction of the new Central Oval complex was completed in December, 2014 and has been embraced by the community. Record numbers of basketball players have joined for the 2014/15 season to play on the complex’s three large courts. The new facility also boasts meeting rooms, change rooms, and upstairs viewing platform and function spaces. As part of the redevelopment, the whole precinct has been redeveloped to incorporate netball courts (which will be completed in April 2015) and encompasses Central Oval, the tennis courts, Braddock Park, and Hancock Stadium.

The Spencer Gulf Football League season commences at Central Oval on April 25, with netball taking to the new courts on May 2, 2015. While construction of the netball courts is underway, patrons are encouraged to utilise car parks at TAFE, Braddock Oval, inside the Central Oval complex and along Augusta Terrace. Landscaping is also advanced with AridSmart species of plants grown at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.

Central Oval area will become a central meeting place for both the Port Augusta community and for visitors from the region, and is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve the community well for generations to come.

The official opening will be held on April 22, 2015, with the facility already open to host a number of events and conferences including the Positive Ageing Expo, a regional basketball carnival, netball training session, sports clinics, a wedding, and large conferences. Enquiries for booking the facility is high, with events bringing economic spin offs for the business community.

Central Oval Naming and Brand

In September 2014, Council endorsed the iconic name ‘Central Oval’ for the redeveloped oval precinct. Central Oval’s heritage dates back to World War I with West Augusta Football Club playing its first game at the Oval in 1915.

Council believes it is important that the history of the oval is retained and one of the best ways to do that is to formally adopt the name that is widely known, used and respected. At the same meeting, Council also adopted a new brand for the Oval. The brand takes its style from the City Brand in terms of colours and interpretation. The general theme is meeting place or central location. A style guide for the brand will be developed that sets out how the brand will be used.

Council also noted that there will be a need to name specific areas within the precinct after legendary sports and community personalities. This will be accommodated after further consultation with the Community.

About the construction

Badge Constructions Pty Ltd was appointed as the builder of the $16m community facility in July 2013, with site works beginning in September the same year. The project has been more than a decade in the planning, and has been realised thanks to external funding from the State and Federal Governments as well Council contributions.

Included in the precinct are an AFL standard football oval, netball courts and the two-story multi-use stadium. This is the centre piece of the project and features three multi-use courts, an upstairs function area with viewing to both the ovals and the indoor courts, and retractable walls that will open the stadium onto a plaza precinct.

Other features include:

  • Office space for sporting groups
  • Parents area
  • Canteen/café
  • Raised indoor viewing platform on the second level
  • Retractable seating in the stadium
  • Community room
  • Change rooms

Funding partners

The State Government has provided $5m in funding, the Federal Government provided a further $5m through the Regional Development Australia Fund and Port Augusta City Council will fund $6m.

Enquiries

For any information on Central Oval, including booking enquiries please email centraloval@portaugusta.sa.gov.au.