Strategic Projects


Planning for Indoor Facilities and Other Sport and Recreation Infrastructure

The ACT is Australia’s most active state or territory and the ACT Government recognises the current and future demand for indoor sport and recreation facilities in Canberra.

The Planning for Indoor Facilities and Other Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Report focuses on determining the preferred facility mix for further indoor sports provision in the ACT.

The report, completed by Otium Planning, focused on the sports with the highest participation rates in Canberra including basketball, football and gymnastics.

The report considered recommendations from the 2016 ACT Indoor Sports Facility Study and stakeholder feedback provided by Basketball ACT, Capital Football, Gymnastics ACT and the Woden, Belconnen and Gungahlin Community Councils.

The ACT Government response, agrees with five of the eight recommendations and will include working with;


Expressions of interest now open for new Canberra Ice Sports Facility

The ACT Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced parties to design, construct, own, operate and maintain a new ice sports facility in Canberra.

The Expression Of Interest (EOI) requirements have been developed to facilitate the delivery of a new ice sports facility to meet the needs of the community (including local ice sporting groups) while also considering the ongoing commercial viability of the facility through a range of uses including competitions, events and recreational use.

Interested parties will need to provide an indicative proposal for a new facility including a high level concept design and address how they would provide a range of essential facility requirements including:

The ACT Government will consider providing a financial contribution to support the establishment of a new ice sports facility but does not intend to own or be the primary funding source for the development and its ongoing operation.

The expression of interest is available on Tenders ACT at: https://tenders.act.gov.au

ACT Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report

The ACT Government has released the ACT Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report which explores the merit of three different options for future ice sports facilities in Canberra.

Commissioned by the ACT Government in August 2017 and compiled by Lockbridge, the report looked at how big the rink (or rinks) would need to be, the size of the parcel of land required, facility program requirements, capital cost, operating costs and potential funding scenarios.

To inform the report, Lockbridge consulted with representatives from the local and interstate ice sports industry, including operators in Melbourne and Perth.

Over the past 16 months the government also worked closely with the ACT Ice Sports Federation to clarify the type of facility that would meet the needs of our ice sports community, create economic opportunities through competition and other events, and enable Canberrans to stay active and healthy.