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;

Options for Canberra's ice sports facility

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.

The government will open an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in early 2019 seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced parties to design, construct, operate and maintain a new ice sports facility in the ACT.

The EOI will specify that the government will consider providing some financial and/or non-financial contributions to support the establishment of the facility, noting the Territory doesn’t intend to directly own or be the primary funding source for a new ice sports facility.

The EOI will not specify a fixed location for any future ice sport facility, and the process will request that interested parties identify a suitable location.

The ACT Government will also specify a range of core facility requirements and conditions that will need to be addressed by interested parties.

Please refer to the Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report.

For all enquiries relating to the future EOI process contact:

David Jeffrey
A/g Deputy Director, Sport and Recreation
Economic Development
Chief Ministers, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
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