Adelaide Crows set to build new headquarters at Adelaide Aquatic Centre site: SA-BEST

28 February 2019

The Adelaide Crows are set to build its new multi-million dollar headquarters on the site of the rundown Adelaide Aquatic Centre at North Adelaide, SA-BEST believes.

SA-BEST MLC and Sport and Recreation spokesperson, Frank Pangallo, revealed today in State Parliament that the matter has been raised by North Adelaide residents, who have written to their local Member - Rachel Sanderson, the Member for Adelaide and Minister for Child Protection Reform – seeking further information.

SA-BEST believes the plans are advanced to have the Adelaide Aquatic Centre as the club’s preferred site - and would involve its demolition.

Ovals surrounding the centre will be part of the development plans, meaning nearby Blackfriars Priory School will need to find a new base for its football games.

“SA-BEST understands residents who live near the Adelaide Aquatic Centre have raised the issue,” Frank said.

“They have written to their local Member, Rachel Sanderson - also a Cabinet member as the Minister for Child Protection Reform – posing a series of questions about the Aquatic Centre’s future and growing rumours surrounding the Crows interest,” he said.

“The club should be fully transparent and come out and reveal if it wants to build on the Parklands, in particular on the site of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

“The Crows were recently critical of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) for not telling them about its plans for a hotel at Adelaide Oval.”

Since the Crows started playing home matches at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval in 2014, there has been mounting speculation that the club has been looking to relocate from its current base at West Lakes to a home closer to the city.

It had been touted that the Crows were considering shifting from their long-term West Lakes home and building a new headquarters in the North Adelaide parklands, on the opposite side of the River Torrens to the Adelaide Zoo.

It currently trains at West Lakes – where it has been based since forming in late 1990.

In 2009, it opened a new $21 million training and entertainment centre on the eastern side of where Football Park was located.

In Parliament today, Frank asked the State Government a series of questions on the project.

They are:

  • Has the Adelaide Football Club submitted a proposal or made representations the Government and the Adelaide City Council that it wishes to take over the site and how far advanced are those negotiations?
  • Are there implications or conditions that will need to be met under existing laws governing the Parklands for any new re development in the Parklands known as Park 2?
  •  Would there be a requirement for tenders to be called for any future use or redevelopment of the site?
  •  Should any development proceed, and the centre is demolished, the city would no longer have aquatic facilities for the public. Does the Government see a need to have aquatic facility and could there be an opportunity to have this incorporated in any future development?
  •  What would happen to the lease signed by Blackfriars Priory School only last year?
  •  Should the Adelaide Football Club move to the site and redevelop it, would they be required to pay for all the works?
  •  Would the Adelaide Football Club be “gifted” the land for a nominal or peppercorn lease payment?
  •  And has the club indicated they will be seeking financial assistance either in the form of loans or grants from the State and/or Federal Government to finance the project?
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