Where is Brighton Oval?

Brighton Oval is one of three sporting hubs within the City of Holdfast Bay, providing for a wide range of sport and recreational pursuits.

Brighton Oval is located on Brighton Road, between Stopford Road and Highet Avenue, Hove.  The complex is approximately 5 hectares in size and offers an important service for local sporting groups as well as being a significant area of open space for the broader community.

What is Brighton Oval used for?

Brighton Oval is a major metropolitan sporting facility and has strong links to the sports fields of Brighton Primary School (immediately opposite the complex) along with smaller sport facilities within the precinct.

Brighton Oval is the home ground to a number of sport and recreation groups including Brighton Rugby Club, Brighton Football Club, Brighton Cricket Club, Brighton Lacrosse Club, Brighton Croquet Club, Holdfast Bay Dog Owners Association and the South Australia Racing Pigeon Association.

 

How much will the redevelopment of Brighton Oval cost?

The total cost of the Brighton Oval redevelopment is $13.7 million.


What is the cricket training facility?

The Brighton Cricket Club currently has four synthetic turf cricket wickets used for training.  This practise/training facility will be upgraded to enable the provision of a combination of turf and synthetic wickets, increasing the number of training wickets from four to nine. 


Why does the cricket training facility have to be upgraded?

The current cricket training facility comprises four synthetic practice pitches, identified within the Master Plan as being in very poor condition and non-compliant to Cricket Australia’s guidelines.

Cricket Australia has categorized the Brighton Cricket Club as a turf level club.  Under this category the level of training facility necessitate the provision of nine practice pitches:

  • six (6) turf wickets - the configuration allowing three to be used at any one time, others being rested; and

  • three (3) synthetic wickets.

The upgrade of the cricket training facility will result in the provision of a combination of turf and synthetic wickets, increasing the number of training wickets from four to nine.  This increase will ensure that the club’s facilities will meet the required Cricket Australia guidelines for a turf level club.

By improving the quality of the cricket training facility the club will be able to cater for its existing membership base whilst catering for future growth. Importantly, the cricket training facility will be available for general public use outside of club training.


Who is funding the Brighton Oval redevelopment?

The $13.7 million redevelopment of Brighton Oval is funded through major commitments by the City of Holdfast Bay ($6.6 million), Federal Government ($5 million), State Government ($2 million), the AFL ($75,000) and Cricket Australia ($40,000).


When will the redevelopment happen?

The first works to be undertaken for Brighton Oval’s redevelopment include the construction of three new purpose-built two-storey buildings, commencing in June 2019 and due for completion in August 2020.

Other works to be undertaken at Brighton Oval include the provision of improved community spaces, a new playspace, shelters, seating and carparks and upgrades to the adjoining road.

It is anticipated that all works for the redevelopment of Brighton Oval will be completed in Autumn 2021.


Is Brighton Oval available for general community use?

Yes. When not in use by the sporting clubs, the playing fields are a popular location for general community recreation and leisure activities including picnicking, informal ball sports, as well as facilities catering for children’s play and other social activities.

Once the redevelopments are complete, Brighton Oval will have a range of informal recreation assets including playground, fitness equipment, 3 on 3 basketball court along with the existing skate park.

The three new buildings will be leased by the tenant sports clubs, are community facilities that will be available for the whole community to use and hire.  Hire arrangements will be detailed in the club leases. 


Will Brighton Oval be accessible during construction?

Yes. The construction program is being planned to minimize disruption to the sporting clubs as much as possible and retain public access to the site. There will be some restrictions to car parking during the construction phase. The playing fields will be accessible during the construction phase.


Will the clubs be able to continue to play during the construction?

Yes. The construction program is being planned to minimize disruption to the sporting clubs as much as possible and retain public access to the site. There will be some restrictions to car parking during the construction phase. The playing fields will be accessible during the construction phase.


Will there be an increase in car parking?

Yes, the redevelopment of Brighton Oval will result in an increase in car parking spaces on the site.

The construction program is being planned to minimize disruption to the sporting clubs and
community as much as possible. The program has been planned in consultation with the sporting clubs to work around the off-season of the codes and to enable the use of the existing facilities where possible. 


Has the community been consulted?

Extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders was undertaken prior to Council endorsement of the Brighton Oval master plan in November 2016. 

An overwhelming amount of feedback was received which confirmed the community's desire for Brighton Oval to remain as a major sporting facility and highlighted the additional need for unstructured recreation to be included at the site.

Each of the clubs who will lease the buildings have been consulted extensivley duriung the design phase to ensure the buildings suit their needs and those of the broader community.



Will the facilities be DDA compliant?

Yes, the new buildings will be DDA compliant.


Where can I find out more information or updates on the project?

Regular updates will be provided on www.brightonoval.com.auMatt RechnerManager, Active CommunitiesCity of Holdfast Bay on (08) 8229 9999
Community Coordinator, Recreation and SportCity of Holdfast Bay on (08) 8229 9999