Unley Oval community and business hub

  • Project typeCommunity
Illustration Unley Oval entrance gate

The City of Unley is activity seeking funding to construct a community and business hub at Unley Oval.

Consultation with local community groups indicated a need for a purpose-built facility, and concept designs for the redevelopment are going through the development application process.

Stage 1 of the Unley Oval redevelopment, completed in 2018, delivered upgrades to both grandstands. Upgrades included new umpire rooms, women’s change rooms, a new public canteen, upgraded interior ‘away’ and ‘home’ team rooms, new public toilets and improved disability access.

Stage 2 upgrades will focus on more community facilities by the creation of a new Community and Business Hub. The Hub will house administration and activities for key community partners - Youth Inc; Life Changer and the Sturt Football Club. The needs of the broader community and businesses will also be met with the inclusion of a large and flexible multi-function space. The space will be available for use by community groups and regular hirers. The area will also host a minor number of Council initiated programs and workshops.

The Community and Business Hub will strengthen the Unley Oval precinct as a place with excellent facilities and vibrant open space.

The Community and Business Hub redevelopment will:

  • Provide a large and flexible multi-function space including a commercial kitchen, small theatre for lectures and presentations, lounge areas for socialising and meeting rooms.
  • Provide mezzanine space for leasing by longer term partners including Sturt Football Club and one other community organisation.
  • Meet disability access standards.
  • Improve the aesthetic appearance of the grandstands and streetscape.


Concept designs

Council has funded technical drawings and concept illustrations for development assessment and consultation. Construction will also go through the normal statutory notification processes for development applications. This means broader community consultation will occur on the concept designs.


Final construction cost will not be known until the project goes out to tender.


The City of Unley committed $1.2m in the 2019/20 budget for this project.

In early 2021, Council was not successful in securing the State Government funding we needed to enable this project to proceed.

Council will continue to look for alternative funding opportunities. Extra funds will be sought from both the public and private sectors as well as through grant applications.

To explore funding opportunities, please contact Peter Tsokas, City of Unley CEO, on 8372 5111.


Who uses the Unley Oval facilities?

The Community

This regional facility attracts users from a wide area, including the City of Unley (39,000+ people) and greater Adelaide.

Key activities include:

  • Fitness, recreation, play
  • Dog exercise
  • Community events.


Regular community users include:

  • Junior School Soccer Training
  • Social football matches
  • Personal trainers
  • Schools, kindergartens and childcare centres.


Sturt Football Club

The Sturt Football Club is comprised of approximately 200 players and officials.

Over 3,000 members and approximately 30,000 spectators attend during the course of a season.

Unley Oval Precinct Users

The Unley Oval precinct is also the home ground for Sturt District Cricket Club. Precinct facilities house the Sturt Lawn Tennis Club and Sturt Lawn Bowls Club.


Grandstand upgrades addressed the requirements of the AFL Preferred Facility Guidelines and promoted the growth of Australian Rules football in the region.

Unley Oval hosted a Women’s AFL match between Adelaide Crows and GWS Giants in March 2019, attracting an official crowd of 7,725 spectators.

Who has been consulted?

Recent engagement demonstrated a demand for a community space for groups to meet with standard facilities and equipment available.

Community groups and organisations were surveyed on their potential need for regular space, to assess if there was demand for a community hub facility.  

318 groups were invited to participate in the consultation and 56 responded.

A total of 29 respondents indicated a current or future unmet need for a community space for meetings and activities.

What happens next?

Broader community consultation will occur if the project proceeds.

Progress is reliant on the successful attraction of grant funding.

Construction will go through the normal statutory notification processes for development applications.


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