Netball Victoria has been working in the interests of our participants to ensure the State Netball Hockey Centre (SNHC) continues to operate as the Home of Netball in Victoria.

We will work with the newly appointed East West Connect (EWC), who will be delivering the East West Link project, to ensure that timely access to the SNHC is maintained and the needs of our participants are met.


Will parking be available?

Netball Victoria has met with the EWC team to discuss potential construction impacts in the area, how disruption to the SNHC operations can be minimised and how to ensure centre users are aware of construction progress.

As a result of these meetings and our planning EWC is focused on maintaining timely access to games on competition days/nights and during special events, maintaining maximum public car parking spaces, and ensuring minimal impact of construction on the venue.

Where a small number of existing car parks are not useable due to construction the consortium will endeavour to replace them elsewhere in close proximity. A separate car park for workers will be developed to ensure SNHC parking is available for participants.


Will our game times change?

All SNHC competitions will continue to run as scheduled with commitments from the State Government of maintaining timely access to the venue. We encourage participants to follow Netball Victoria on Facebook and Twitter, whilst also checking our website for updated information.

When registering for competitions, please make sure your contact details are up to date so Netball Victoria staff have the ability to contact you should any unforeseen major disruption occur.


What are the impacts on Royal Park?

East West Connect was awarded the contract after making a number of changes and improvements to the project scope following feedback by stakeholders and the local community. This included removing an interchange at Elliott Avenue in Royal Park, which reduces the amount of excavation required for the tunnel and minimises traffic impacts on Elliott Avenue during construction.

East West Connect also made significant changes to the construction method in Royal Park meaning the nature of the cut and cover tunnel construction is now more enclosed, removing much of the exposed excavation works through the parklands. This will reduce the overall impacts on users of the SNHC.

When the cut and cover section of the tunnel is complete, Royal Park will be reinstated and the area will be landscaped.


What will I see when I head to SNHC for my games next year?

All construction areas will be fenced and entry gates for project related entry will be controlled.

A temporary car park will be constructed for the project workforce so that SNHC car parks will still be available for users of the Centre.

In highly visible areas, the fencing will have directional signage placed on it to help visitors to the SNHC find their way to their event/game on time.


When will the works start?

Construction of the tunnel is expected to start in the first part of 2015. The majority of the works within Royal Park will take approximately 2 years to complete, with minor works required within Royal Park over the following 2 years.


I want to know more about the project, what happens next?

Netball Victoria will post regular updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter channels, however we encourage people to visit Linking Melbourne Authority’s website linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au to find out more about the project.

Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) is a special purpose statutory authority, responsible for managing the East West Link on behalf of the Government.


Who is East West Connect?

East West Connect is the team delivering the East West Link project in partnership with the Victorian and Australian Governments. The team was awarded the contract to design and build the project on 29 September 2014.

East West Connect is a consortium made up of:

Lend Lease: One of Australia’s pre-eminent construction companies and responsible for the delivery of projects including  the West Gate Freeway Upgrade, Bolte Bridge and elevated CityLink freeway and Brisbane’s Clem Jones Tunnel;

Bouygues: France based international construction company which has completed over 50 tunnel projects internationally; and

Acciona: Spanish based international construction company which has completed over 20 tunnel projects internationally, including the Legacy Way tunnel in Brisbane.

Capella Capital: Capella Capital delivers fully integrated infrastructure solutions. It does this by partnering with government and the private sector to fund, develop and manage essential community and economic infrastructure.