Thank you for your feedback on this project. We have now closed the survey and are reviewing your the responses we received.

We're developing new Netball Courts and a Pavilion at Elder Smith Reserve.

Thanks to $2m in Victorian Government funding Council has an opportunity to develop a new netball facility at Elder Smith Reserve, Port Melbourne. The facility will support the growth of netball and improve the provision for female sports within the municipality. Elder Smith Reserve is close to the existing home of the Port Melbourne Netball Club at RF Julier Reserve and will connect with the future Prohasky Reserve sporting precinct, part of the Fishermans Bend urban renewal. The project was endorsed by Council resolution on 1 December 2021.

The proposed redevelopment Includes:

  • Four new netball courts with lighting.
  • A pavilion including new player and umpire change rooms that are inclusive for all, a first aid room, kitchen, social spaces and accessible public toilets.
  • New car parking.

We would love to hear what you think of our draft concept design.

Your feedback is a vital part of our planning. It helps us make decisions to create a facility that aligns with how the community will use the space.

We'd love you to take a look at the draft concept design and let us know what you think by:

  • chatting with our team at the onsite drop-in session, or
  • complete the online survey below.

We are taking feedback from 27 February to 24 March 2023.

A summary of the feedback received will be shared with the community in 2023.

In November 2018, State Government announced Election Commitment funding for $2M for new netball facilities for Port Melbourne, which would support the Port Melbourne Netball Club (PMNC). Comprising 450 members, the PMNC has outgrown its current facilities at RF Julier Reserve which consist of two (2) netball courts and an ageing pavilion.

An assessment of JL Murphy Reserve was initially undertaken, however, this site was not deemed viable due to a number of constraints including potential impacts to Fisherman’s Bend water retention, the limited passive open space at the reserve and the development of the new neighbouring state secondary school.

RF Julier Reserve was subsequently assessed as the potential site due to it being the existing home for the Port Melbourne Netball Club. Further investigations outlined constraints of this site including lack of available space for additional courts and larger pavilion, along with potential impacts to neighbourhood character and amenity.

We will collate and consider all responses received on the draft concept design and the feedback will inform the development of the final concept design.

The final concept design informed by stakeholder feedback will be presented to Council for consideration in 2023.