Update - National Home of Golf

22 May 2013

Proposed National Home of Golf - Update

A site assessment report due this month on Elsternwick Park (north of Bent Avenue, Brighton North) as a possible location for a National Home of Golf and Centre of Excellence (NHGCOE) has been delayed.

Bayside City Council gave the project consortium, made up of representatives from Golf Australia, Golf Victoria and the PGA of Australia, permission to proceed with the site assessment in February this year.  However, the delay means that Council will now receive a report at its July 23 Meeting.

According to the consortium, the delay of approximately a month occurred while the peak golfing bodies concentrated on opportunities to present the concept to Federal and State Governments.

The consortium is investigating Elsternwick Park as one of a number of sites for the NHGCOE in Victoria and New South Wales.

Granting the consortium approval to proceed with the assessment, Council confirmed that any associated costs will be met by the consortium and that allowing the site assessment to proceed would not necessarily bind Council “in any future support for this project”.

The proposed NHGCOE project is estimated to be worth in the order of $26M and includes a national training, education, research and administration centre for the Australian golf industry and a centre of excellence for golfers from beginners to future Olympic champions.

Background Information:

Elsternwick Park is approximately 35 hectares and is bounded by St Kilda Street, New Street, Head Street and Glen Huntly Road in North Brighton. Bent Avenue divides Elsternwick Park into northern and southern sectors. Elsternwick Park is Crown land that has been gazetted for public park and recreation purposes. Council is the appointed Committee of Management and manages Elsternwick Park on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Within the northern site of Elsternwick Park, there are a number of existing and longstanding tenants including:

  • Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA);
  • Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre;
  • Elsternwick Park Bowls/Sports Club;
  • Elsternwick Park Golf Course;
  • Elsternwick Cricket Club; and
  • Elsternwick Amateur Football Club.

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