Redevelopment of Oakleigh Recreation Centre

Work is progressing on the $24.4 million redevelopment of the centre including the construction of five new indoor basketball courts, gymnasium upgrade and conversion of the existing stadium to a state level gymnastics facility for the Waverley Gymnastics Club.

Stage 1 of the new basketball stadium is underway, with the structure built and roofing and windows and the timber subfloor being installed. 

Construction works continue in the Stage 3 Waverley Gymnastics area with the building close to being at Lock Up stage.

The fitout of the gym has begun. Works on the mezzanine is progressing with the stairway completed.

The project is on schedule with construction to be completed by October 2020.

ORC May 2020 construction pic



ORC May 2020 construction



The scope of works

The redevelopment will transform the existing centre into an outstanding integrated multi-purpose sports precinct, featuring:

  • Five new indoor basketball courts (also catering for netball and volleyball)
  • An improved gym and group fitness areas
  • Conversion of the existing stadium to a state-level gymnastics facility for the Waverley Gymnastics Club.

Impact on users

The centre is expected to close for redevelopment in May 2019, subject to successful tendering.

Construction is expected to be completed by October 2020.

Construction will be undertaken in one stage rather than a staged process, which will enable a more efficient construction process and reduced inconvenience to the community.

The outdoor pool will open as normal as part of the 2019/20 season.

Existing ORC members who use the gym will be able to use Clayton Aquatics & Health Club and/or Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre gyms and swimming pools under special arrangements. 

Special offers for members:

  • Existing ORC members will be offered the opportunity to transfer existing membership to MARC, giving reciprocal access to MARC and CAHC at no additional cost
  • Existing members within minimum agreement terms will be offered cancellation at no penalty
  • Members who have paid upfront term membership will see transfer of their membership to MARC for the remaining portion of membership, or pro-rata refund of unused portion
  • Multi-Visit Pass holders will be able to use remaining passes at MARC or CAHC.

Stadium Competition Participants:

All competitions will temporarily cease at the completion of the current Summer Season. Upon reopening of the stadium, Waverley Basketball Association, Waverley District Netball Association and Volleyball Victoria will be managing competitions. Casual/term based bookings will be available again in restricted times.

Find out more at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre webpage: ORC redevelopment stadium information

Services/areas affected:

  • Oakleigh Recreation Centre services and facility access:
    • Stadium
    • Gym
    • Group Fitness
    • Café
    • Car parking
    • Amenity access
    • Onsite access
  • Complete closure required throughout redevelopment
  • The 2019/20 outdoor pool season will be unaffected. 

We understand that there will be some inconvenience to users by the closure of ORC while construction is underway, however this project will result in modern stadium and gymnasium facilities.

We will keep the community updated along the journey including construction milestones and advise of issues like traffic management, parking and any road detours etc. 

For more detailed information on the impact to users, please go to: ORC redevelopment update


Council is contributing $17.2 million to the project, Waverley Gymnastics Club is contributing $1 million, the Federal Government is providing $2.1 million towards the gymnastics facility and the State Government is contributing $3 million through Sports Recreation Victoria. 


Please see below a timeline of project updates to date:

 May 2019 - At a Special Meeting (pdf, 150KB) on 14 May 2019 Council awarded the tender for the $24.4 million project to APM Group (Aust). 

January – March 2019: Call for tenders for construction. Subject to the approval of Council, Waverley Gymnastics and construction costs being received within budget the award of tender construction is expected in April 2019.

December 2018: Detailed design for Oakleigh Recreation Centre (ORC) Indoor Stadium and Gymnastics Centre documented costed by Quantity Surveyor (QS). Design specification and QS approved by Project Control Group (PCG).

June 2018: Detailed design development commenced. Ongoing consultation with key stakeholders regarding design detailed.

March 2018: Council Report (pdf, 151KB) – Council agreed to contribute additional funding of $3.3M to the project to ensure the project could proceed based on QS cost estimate of the total project cost of $23.3M.

Late 2017 and early 2018: Key stakeholders consulted to finalise design detail and determine indicative project cost.

December 2017: Council Report (pdf, 385KB) awards contract for construction of eight synthetic grass tennis courts at Caloola Reserve to allow the relocation of the Oakleigh Tennis Club.

August 2017: Council Report (pdf, 808KB) Authorising officers to proceed to tender for the installation of eight synthetic grass tennis courts with LED sports lighting at Caloola Reserve Oakleigh.

June 2017: The principle agreement with tennis to relocate to Caloola Reserve and free up the ORC site enabled the project in its current form to progress and new functional schematic design layouts evolved showing the new indoor stadium being positioned in the area freed up by the potential relocation of the Oakleigh Tennis Club. The architects provided a range of options for consideration with the project budget being maintained at $20M (excl GST). The schematic design of the new indoor multi-purpose sports stadium progressed with input from various stakeholders and sporting associations.

January – June 2017: A range of schematic design options were considered by the PCG based on functionality, the project budget, amenity, site constraints and connectivity.

January 2017: Council Report (pdf, 527KB) appointing DWP Australia Pty Ltd, trading as DWP/Suters, as project architects.

December 2016: Council Report (pdf, 141KB) confirming Council ‘welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Minister for Sport, the Hon John Eren, on 1 December 2016 to provide $3 million of funding for Council’s and Waverley Gymnastics’ proposed a combined project to redevelop the Oakleigh Recreation Centre’.

November 2016: Council Report (pdf, 154KB) – Council endorses an $18 - $20M redevelopment project for ORC and notes a funding application to SRV seeking funding to integrate the ORC Indoor Stadium (five courts) and the Waverley Gymnastics Facility in Oakleigh.

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Last updated: 05 May 2020