Why is this upgrade necessary?

    Sport Australia data shows Football is the most popular team sport in Australia in 2020*. There are currently no change room facilities at Fannie Bay Oval.

    City of Darwin and Football NT are proud supporters of creating safe and inclusive sporting environments, and this development will provide much-needed female-friendly facilities to support increased participation and enjoyment by women and girls.

    *Sport Australia AusPlay survey 2020  https://www.clearinghouseforsport.gov.au/research/ausplay

    Has City of Darwin spoken to the clubs and sporting teams who use the facilities before making decisions about these upgrades?

    The proposal was brought to City of Darwin by Football NT, who has funding through an Australian Government Community Development Grant. Football NT has consulted and worked with Port Darwin Football Club to develop the facility plans for Fannie Bay Oval.

    How big will the facility be?

    Football NT has developed plans for stage 1 and stage 2 of the building. Stage 2 will be delivered when additional funds become available. 

    Stage 1: 43.7m x 10.2m – change room block, breezeway and canteen/office/store block. 

    Stage 2: 3.8m x 10.2m – addition of public toilet block to the end of the building. 

    When is the construction likely to start?

    If approved by Council, several steps need to take place before construction can commence, including issuing of a building permit and a tender process to appoint a building contractor.  Construction of the facility is expected to take approximately 24 weeks from the appointment of a contractor.

    How will the construction impact use of the oval? Will sporting teams and the community still be able to use the oval while construction is happening?

    There will be some disruption to oval use during construction.  Once final construction plans and timeline are known, information will be provided to sporting groups and residents.

    What Sporting Club is based at Fannie Bay Oval?

    Port Darwin Football Club is year-round user of Fannie Bay Oval. The club was founded in 1996 with the merger of Parap and St Mary’s junior football clubs.  The Wharfies, as they are known, have grown throughout their short history, fielding teams from Premier League Men and Women to juniors of all age groups. The club has a partnership with Football Without Borders, which offers opportunities to our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    Can teams and groups aside from Football NT and its sports club use the facilities?

    Yes. The facility will be available for use for sporting and community groups outside of Football NT.

    Will you be putting in any additional parking?

    Parking is not part of the proposed upgrades. Street parking is available along Waratah Crescent.

    Will you be cutting down any trees?

    City of Darwin is committed to retaining the natural beauty of Fannie Bay Oval, and will ensure impact to trees is minimal.  The proposed location of the building will require the removal and replacement of at least 2 trees.

    Who is paying for this upgrade?

    The proposal is part of Football NT’s planned upgrades at Bagot, Malak and Fannie Bay Ovals to support women and girls’ participation. Football NT has funding of $3,900,000 (ex GST) for these upgrades through an Australian Government Community Development Grant.

    Will this upgrade change how the sporting clubs use the oval? (i.e. will they use the facilities late into the night and disrupt those living around them?).

    There are no plans to change the oval’s use with the introduction of these facilities. This proposal is aimed to create a safe and inclusive environment for the sporting and Fannie Bay community and is expected to result in increased oval use for training and competition.