Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex

Updated 16 December 2020

Overview

Better sporting facilities and a capacity to host larger events will soon be a reality in Kempsey with Kempsey Shire Council securing a $10 million NSW Government grant for the Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex. The successful grant application was accepted at the February Council meeting.

At the June 2019 Council meeting, Council resolved to adopt the Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex Masterplan which reflected the needs and actions outlined in the Macleay Valley Sports Strategy which was adopted by Council in June 2017. Amongst other things, the Sports Strategy recommended a masterplan for the site to guide its development as the premier sports facility in the Local Government Area (LGA) and to address current utilisation issues. The masterplan was developed with all users involved in the design process and is consistent with the Strategy.

The masterplan includes many recommendations relating to the improvement of sport and recreation facilities at Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex. The report outlines a strategic approach to the prioritisation of sport and recreation across the existing sporting complex based on consultation with sports user groups and an analysis of current and future trends in sport.

Key improvements under the Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex Masterplan include:

  • reconfiguration of existing fields (including new turf wicket for cricket)
  • refurbishment of the existing grandstand
  • provision of two grass surface netball courts and 11 hard surface courts
  • 2 new purpose-built clubhouse incorporating amenities and change rooms
  • new lighting to competition standard on all fields, netball courts and running track
  • recreation facilities including perimeter running path and fitness stations
  • field irrigation and resurfacing
  • expansion of car parking

The project will be completed through a phased roll out designed in part to accomodate ongoing usage, with a projected final completion in 2022.

December update

Running track

Designs are completed for the approximately 1.2km length, 2.4m wide running track, including exercise stations. The running track surface will be compacted granitic sand. The compacted surface will allow prams and wheelchair access. Fitness equipment which will benefit all users of the community has been ordered and will be installed as part of these works. Equipment selected includes aerobic cycles, elliptical trainers, stretching stations, step ups, leg raises, balance beams, chest presses and other equipment. There will be a mix of equipment to suit beginners to more advanced levels of physical activities. Works are to begin in early 2021.

Pavilions

An architect has been engaged to commence designs for the multipurpose and netball pavilions in consultation with sporting clubs. DRA, located in Coffs Harbour, have been successful in their request for quotation to design both buildings. The main input will be from the users of the facilities to ensure their buildings can meet current and future needs.

As both facilities are located within a flood zone, a flood study has also been undertaken which will be incorporated into the designs. Once the designs have been completed, a tender will be called for construction of the buildings. It is anticipated both buildings will be completed by Christmas 2022.

Car parks

Works have started on the Vincent Street, Verge Street and Verge Lane car parks. Stormwater capacity is being increased to alleviate ongoing issues from Vincent Street and Verges Lane. Due to the removal of the crown in the road, the water main in Verge Street is also being replaced. The new car park in Sydney Street will commence in line with the netball court redevelopment in September/October 2021.

Netball courts

Designs are underway for the redevelopment of the netball court facilities to include 11 hard stand courts and 2 grassed surfaces. Designs also include state of the art lighting to all hard court surfaces. These works are anticipated to start at the end of the netball season in September/October 2021.

The new basketball court will be constructed in line with the Vincent Street car park in early 2021.

Cricket wickets

Construction of the 2 turf wicket tables is now complete. The turf tables are both 5 wicket tables and located on the current Verge 2 and athletics facilities at the sporting complex. The fields will be out of action for the full cricket season while the facilities have time to settle in readiness for the 2021-22 cricket season. A minor upgrade to Kemp Street cricket wicket was completed to ensure there are enough cricket facilities for the Macleay Valley Cricket Association this season.

Irrigation

Water Wise Consulting have been engaged to undertake the design of a fully automated irrigation system for the entire sporting precinct. The designs will include non-potable water usage options, a weather station and fully automated irrigation control to each field. Now the designs are completed a tender will be undertaken for construction of the system. Timing of works will be considered with existing users of the site to ensure as little disruption as possible.

Cricket nets

Construction of the new cricket nets is now complete. The facility is the only cricket nets of the size, scale and quality north of Newcastle. This is additional to the funding for Verge and Eden Street. The existing cricket nets will be removed making way for the new multipurpose pavilion.

Lighting

A lighting design and construction tender is currently out to market. The lighting will include sports field lighting to all sporting fields including the running track and netball courts in line with the masterplan. Energy efficient lighting including solar powered lighting are being considered where appropriate.

Grandstand

A scope for works to undertake minor upgrades to Verge 1 grandstand is being completed. Works are anticipated to be undertaken after the 2021 sporting seasons.

More information

For more information on the project phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200

Architect render of the Verge Street cricket netsA render of the completed Verge Street cricket nets