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HE Parker multi-sports complex

Maroondah City Council has been successful in receiving funding grants, totalling $13.5 million, from both the Victorian and Australian Governments to upgrade the current netball facilities, within the HE Parker Reserve sports precinct in Heathmont.

The proposed design - community information sessions

Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and user groups of the new HE Parker multi-sports complex, a number of information sessions have been arranged for the community to meet with Council and the design team. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and comment on the design of the new complex.

Community information sessions will be held on:

  • Saturday 26 August
    11am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 30 August
    6pm to 8pm

Both sessions will be held at the current netball courts and pavilion in HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont Road, Heathmont.

HE Parker design 
Artist impression 

With a total project cost of $16.5 million the proposed design of the multi-sports complex (complex) uses the existing footprint of the netball courts. The existing netball pavilion and ten courts will be demolished and a new indoor four court complex will be built to enable training and competition for netball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis. In addition, four outdoor netball courts will be built to new surface standards.

The general height of the complex is approximately 11 metres, with the existing surrounding tree canopy height ranging between 10 and 20 metres. The colour palette chosen by the architect for the complex is deliberately subtle and makes use of timber and other finishes that are sensitive to the natural landscape setting.

The existing access road and car park layout will be retained, with improvements undertaken including the position of new accessible car parking spaces.

The multi-sports complex

HE Parker proposed design
North elevation

The four new outdoor netball courts will have spectator viewing areas and good connectivity to the facilities within the new complex.

The new complex will have four indoor netball courts, a kiosk, new male and female toilets, a Changing Places' toilet facility, change facilities, officials and first aid rooms, sport association offices and three multi-purpose rooms.

Grandstand seating will accommodate 310 people and will be supplemented with courtside seating for an additional 360 people within the venue.

The four indoor netball courts will also have line marking for volleyball and badminton.

The complex will continue to be home to Melbourne East Netball Association (MENA) and will be home to the Ariels, for training and competition as well as social activities.

The complex will also be home to the Croydon & Districts Volleyball Association for formal training and competition. School groups, community groups, and disability groups will also use the venue throughout the year.

Traffic and car parking

The area of car park immediately adjacent to the proposed entrance of the complex will be improved. New accessible parking spaces and parallel parking will be established to create a shared zone for pedestrians and traffic, providing an easy and safe drop off and pick up area.

The trees throughout the carpark will be retained.


HE Parker design


The new complex has been designed to sit as closely as possible over the existing netball courts to achieve the maximum retention and protection of native trees, however the works will require the removal of 29 trees from the existing 10 netball court footprint.

Council is required to apply for a planning permit to remove the trees, and is keen to ensure significant offset planting within the HE Parker reserve is achieved as part of future development of the site. The specifics of this offset planting will be finalised as part of the planning process. The permit application includes the replanting of more trees than the just 29 trees removed, and would also include the planting of native shrubs and ground covers.

In addition to this offset planting, landscape plans provide for 13 trees, along with shrubs and grasses, to be planted around the front of the new building to complement the landscape character of the reserve.

During construction, tree protection zones will be in place as part of the contractor’s environmental management plan, which will be monitored by an independent arborist.

HE Park propsoed design
West elevation


Council has a policy to ensure environmentally sustainable design is incorporated in all new projects. Items to be included in this project include:

  • High performance building fabric with good levels of insulation
  • Installation of efficient taps to minimise water consumption
  • Provision for rainwater tanks to be plumbed to toilets throughout the complex
  • Facilitating resourceful use of waste
  • LED lighting solutions
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling solutions


New LED lights will replace the current external floodlights. Glare modelling will be undertaken to ensure light is directed on to the netball court surfaces to eliminate light spill and glare. Additional lighting will be installed in the immediate forecourt entry and immediate carpark area for safety.


Council has appointed Co-Op Studio as the design team for the new multi-sports complex. With a track record of successfully undertaking effective community engagement and consultation, and incorporating this into their design, Co-Op will undertake a range of community consultation activities.

Consultation sessions with key user groups of the current facility and the new complex are currently underway, with broad community consultation on the proposed design elements to take place during August. This will be an opportunity for all members of the Maroondah community to provide input and comment on the design of the new complex.

Community information sessions will be held on:

  • Saturday 26 August
    11am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 30 August
    6pm to 8pm
  • Both sessions will be held at the current netball courts and pavilion in HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont Road, Heathmont.

Look out for further information on Council’s communication channels.


It is anticipated that the demolition associated with the existing pavilion and 10 netball courts will commence in December 2017.

Construction of the new complex is expected to commence in January 2018 with an expected completion date of February 2019.

Further information

For further information on the new HE Parker multi-purpose sports complex please contact Steve McIntosh, Acting Manager Assets on 1300 88 22 33 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

For further information on changing places, visit www.changingplaces.org.au

Maroondah City Council acknowledges the support of the Australian Government and the Victorian Government.

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