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A-League newcomers release stadium development update
A-League club Western United has provided an update of the status of its plans for the Wyndham City Stadium, its proposed new home venue which will replace its current temporary home at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium.
With site investigations now complete, construction of the 15,000-seat stadium is expected to commence in early 2020.
Advising that the stadium plan “has taken a major step forward with the completion of site investigations”, a statement on both the club and Wyndham City Council websites advises “the development, being undertaken by Western Melbourne Group and Wyndham City Council, will be the first major sports stadium built in Australia via a public-private-partnership.”
Wyndham City Lead for the project, Director of Deals, Investment and Major Projects, Kate Roffey stated “we understand that those looking in from the outside think that nothing has been happening, but behind the scenes we have been racing to complete all the background reports any development needs to undertake prior to starting construction.
“Things like Geotech reports, soil tests and flora and fauna analyses, they aren’t necessarily the most exciting things, but they are critical in ensuring that we can build the things we want to build where we want to build them.
"The completion of this significant stage of the development means we can now press forward with the next phase of preparing planning permissions and works permits.”
Wyndham City Mayor, Councillor Josh Gilligan, said he was thrilled that this significant milestone has been achieved, noting “this is an unbelievably exciting moment for Wyndham City Council. This is a critical component of Wyndham’s City Shaping agenda and delivers on our Wyndham 2040 commitment to be a ‘place for people’.
"We are starting to see our project build some significant momentum and this is just the beginning in terms of what is to come.
"As we move forward to develop the Sayers Road sports precinct in Tarneit, it is clear not only Wyndham residents, but many of the people who live in the West, are getting behind our team.”
Western United Football Club Chairman Jason Sourasis stated he was thankful to Wyndham City Councillors and Officers for their hard work to date as this exciting project comes a step closer to reality for the community of the West.
Sourasis added “we thank Kate’s team and all at Wyndham City Council for their diligence in completing this vital pre-construction work, which must be done before construction of any major project like this.
"I’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of the board and management at the Western Melbourne Group who have been working around the clock to achieve today’s outcome.
“Preparing planning permissions and works permits is the next phase in the project’s development, and we look forward to this.
"We are focussed on working together methodically and diligently, so fans across the West will have a world-class facility in their own backyard to enjoy the unique atmosphere of their team, Western United, playing in the Hyundai A-League.
“This stadium and the surrounding precinct will be a great asset for the whole community of the West once completed.
"Today, we achieve another milestone, on our journey with Wyndham City, which began with the dream of bidding for an A-League licence.
"There are certainly some challenges ahead given the scale of this project, however I’m confident we’ll be turning soil by mid-next year.”
Western United FC is also playing home games in its inaugural A-League season at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.
Images of the planned Wyndham City Stadium courtesy of the Western Melbourne Group/Wyndham City Council.
2nd December 2019 - Sydney FC slams security at GMHBA Stadium following fan expulsions
14th August 2019 - Western United FC launches inaugural membership program
1st July 2019 - FFA agrees to independent management for the A-League
19th January 2019 - Successful A-League bid group unveils new plans for Western Melbourne Stadium
14th December 2018 - FFA approves A-League expansion bids from Western Melbourne and South-West Sydney
8th December 2016 - Populous design chosen for new Parramatta Stadium
27th August 2015 - New management for Wyndham’s Encore Events Centre
28th May 2015 - Eagle Stadium to spread its wings in Wyndham
5th September 2012 - Wyndham’s newest sporting project
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