Port Adelaide Football Club’s (PAFC) mantra is “Chasing Greatness”. The redevelopment of Alberton Oval will help to shorten that chase.
We told you about PAFC’s proposed major expansion of the Allan Scott Power Headquarters in August when the City of Port Adelaide Enfield was consulting the community. This followed on from PAFC’s voluntary engagement with the community in February/March which saw revision of the plans to include more trees, increased off-street carparking and traffic management changes.
Like many football facilities, the PAFC is located on Council land. This required the revision of Council’s Community Land Management Plan. The community engagement on this revision generated significant feedback. Council received over 1,380 submissions with 82% of respondents supporting the proposal.
In October 2021, the Port Adelaide Enfield Council Assessment Panel voted to approve the proposed re-development. More recently, the Elected Members of Council have separately voted to amend the Community Land Management Plan to facilitate the re-development and promote community uses.
While the Allan Scott Power Headquarters signalled the arrival of the Club into the AFL competition, its current evolution coincides with the imminent arrival of Port Adelaide into the 2023 AFL Women’s Competition. The project also includes two indoor basketball courts to be used by a community club, together with a natural turf soccer pitch for shared community use.
PAFC chief executive Matthew Richardson said “Our vision is to develop Alberton Oval into a precinct that provides world-class facilities for our AFL and AFLW athletes, but also enables increased access for community sport. Equally, the redevelopment will provide more open green space for casual and passive recreation for the local community to enjoy.”
Alberton has been the home of the Port Adelaide Football Club for over 140 years of its proud 151 year history. Another successfully integrated community engagement and planning service by PAFC, the design team and URPS means the Club continues to represent its local community with pride.