New change rooms for Boyer Oval and Tynwald Park

MORE than a year after being awarded $5 million to build new sports facilities at two locations in New Norfolk, the Derwent Valley Council has at last signed an agreement with the Federal Government to begin planning the work that will see new change rooms built for football, cricket and soccer.

Announcing this progress at last week’s council meeting, mayor Michelle Dracoulis said the council had established a project team to start the first phase of the project to finalise the designs and costs and obtain the relevant approvals for the project, which will see new change rooms built at Boyer Oval and Tynwald Park.

“The new and upgraded sporting infrastructure will provide fit-for-purpose sports facilities to improve opportunities for female participation in sport and provide facilities for existing and emerging diversity of users and players at Boyer Oval and Tynwald Park,” Cr Dracoulis said.

The funding was a Labor Party commitment secured by the federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell in advance of last year’s federal election 18 months ago. The allocation was later confirmed in the Albanese Government’s first budget handed down in October last year. The user groups involved in the two venues have since expressed their frustration at the time taken by the Derwent Valley Council to advance the projects.

New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News understands that the agreement requires the council to deliver the design and construction of new and upgraded change room and spectator facilities for football and cricket teams using Boyer Oval, and the design and construction of new soccer change rooms at Tynwald Park.

Boyer Oval project:

  • New female change room facilities that are compliant with the requirements of Regional AFL Tasmania and Club Cricket Australia guidelines, including two change rooms of at least 55m2, with two player amenities including at least four toilets and showers each; a self-contained umpire’s room of at least 30m2 with toilet and shower; a cleaner’s room; two massage/strapping areas; a social/community room of at least 150m2.
  • Refurbishing the existing male changerooms to be compliant with the requirements of Regional AFL Tasmania and Club Cricket Australia guidelines, including two change rooms of at least 55m2, with two player amenities including at least four toilets and showers each.
  • Upgraded spectator facilities that provide all-ability access including car parking and pathways; widen spectator standing area and provide viewing space for people with wheelchairs; replacement of spectator seating of at least 100 seats.

Tynwald Park project:

  • Two large change rooms of at least 15m2, each with the ability to divide into smaller change rooms through moveable partitions and include at least two showers and toilets within each change room.
  • One referee’s room with access to toilet and shower.
  • Undercover shelter /viewing area/awning.
  • A storage area.
  • A kitchen/kiosk and bar area of at least 20m2.
  • Public all-abilities toilet for community use.

Picture: Derwent Valley Council mayor Michelle Dracoulis and the federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MHR, with football and soccer club representatives at Tynwald Park last year.

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