Active participation in Stonnington
Purpose-built to meet the needs of Stonnington residents
The proposed Stonnington Indoor Sports Stadium would be one of Council’s largest-ever investments in sporting infrastructure. At a cost of around $25 million, the stadium would cater for a range of indoor sports, principally netball and basketball, providing a much-needed community asset for local clubs, schools and associations.
The need for the stadium
Participation statistics from the Australian Sports Commission indicate that netball and basketball are the 4th and 7th most popular participation sports in Australia.
A 2015 needs analysis into demand for additional multi-court indoor facilities in Stonnington clearly showed a shortage of indoor court space. Stadiums in nearby municipalities are also at capacity.
Stonnington requires at least four additional courts to meet current demand.
Giving women fairer access to sporting facilities in Stonnington
According to a 2016 VicHealth research report, increased participation by community members is more likely in local government areas with a high availability of sports facilities.
Participation in organised sport contributes to a healthy Stonnington, with 37% of people interviewed for the VicHealth Indicators Survey in 2015 reporting they participate in organised sport. Significantly higher than the Victorian average of 29%.
Long-established male-dominated sports such as Australian Rules football and cricket have tended to dominate use of Council’s sporting facilities while facilities for sports that are more female dominated or gender-balanced such as netball and basketball have historically had access to fewer facilities.
Women and girls deserve modern, safe, welcoming and inclusive sporting facilities, and a new indoor facility in Stonnington is required to meet the needs of sport’s including netball and basketball, that are popular among women and girls.
A feasibility study into possible locations for the Stonnington Indoor Sports Stadium is an important first step towards improving equity of access to sporting facilities, helping to ensure all residents, regardless of gender, have access to high-quality, purpose-built recreational facilities in Stonnington.