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Bendigo Bank Community Stadium

The Bendigo Bank Community Stadium has now been in operation for over 3 years and in this time has far exceeded the expectations of Council in terms of usage. The stadium is used almost daily by local sporting clubs including netball, basketball, football and tennis.

Bendigo Bank Community Stadium has also started to attract a lot of outside interest from sporting groups and other organisations looking for a large venue on the East Coast. One example of this is the Stadium’s inclusion as a regular fixture in the State League Netball Roster. The Stadium was the first regional facility to host a match outside of the city centres and draws crowds comparable to those in the big cities.

Bendigo Bank Community Stadium has hosted a magnitude of events already, for example, Community Open Day including St Helens markets, Mental Health Expo aimed at educating and empowering young people around mental health issues. State League netball annual matches and clinics, Australian Qualifier for World XPD Series, Shell Questacon Science Circus, local sporting rosters and also has been selected to host the Dragon Trail MTB event in March 2020.

A money saving feature of the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium includes a pulastic 2000 7:2 flooring, which is a 7ml rubber with a 2ml polyurethane finish including marked lines for regional standard netball and basketball, national standard Netball and Basketball and international standard Futsal and Tennis. The maintenance, lifespan and cleaning of the flooring is minimal compared to timber sprung floors.

Other features include:

  • Crockery, cutlery, tables and chairs to seat 400 people;
  • Female, male and accessible amenities;
  • 2 team change rooms;
  • Commercial kitchen/kiosk;
  • WiFi upon request for events; and
  • Ample car / bus parking for large events;
  • LED lighting inside the Stadium
  • A huge amount of storage for events inside the Stadium; and
  • Permanent seating for 200 people court side (not included in the ‘tables and chairs’ mentioned above).

Bendigo Bank Community Stadium is proudly sponsored by Bendigo Community Bank.

Dragon Trail MTB – 17-19 March 2022

GEOCENTRIC Outdoors (that also held XPD here in 2018) is holding a three (3) day mountain biking endurance event 17-19 March 2022.

Riders will be on their bike for 3 to 6 hours each day. It is a cross country event on blue and green trails making it accessible to all levels of rider.

The event is a three (3) day staged endurance race that will start from Branxholm on day 1 and travel 45km throughout the Derby trails, ending in Weldborough, where they will camp overnight. Day 2 they will get to enjoy the beauty of the Poimena trail, ending on Swimcart Beach. They will camp overnight at the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium, gearing up for day 3, the St Helens trails.

The event organiser’s aim for the first year was to reach the target of 100 riders, with 60% coming from the mainland, 20% Tasmanian and 20% International.

As of 23 May 2019 the registrations were at 112 fully paid.  The event has exceeded first year targets with being live on social media for 23 days.

The event will be supported by the organisers with the option of airport transfers, food and tented accommodation for registered participants.

The target market for the Dragon Trail event is women 40 years and older, as it is the current target market for Mountain Biking Australia (MBA).  Those competing are also supported by their family members who will need to source accommodation for the event locally.

GEOCENTRIC Outdoors has committed to also pay per user for the event at $20 per head for any participants over the first 100 on the St Helens Trail Network. To be negotiated further once fees have been considered for trail usage.

For more information on the Dragon Trail MTB event, please click here.

To keep up to date and follow the event on facebook, please click here.



National Qualifier – World XPD Series

16-25 March 2018, 25 teams of four (4) settled in to St Helens at the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium as they prepared to embark on a 3-6 day 500km race that involves kayaking, trekking and mountain biking.

Not a spectator sport as such, it has certainly been fun watching the teams online via a GPS tracking system., especially when you can see them taking a wrong turn, back tracking and getting back on course.

Hailing from all over the world; there are teams from Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sweden and the US, the team members must stay within 100 metres of each other throughout the course and some teams will only have had around four (4) hours sleep throughout the entire race!

Council are really proud that our area was selected to be the course for this epic expedition race and we hope that all competitors have had a great time exploring our area from Peron Dunes to Upper Scamander, from the Fingal Valley to the Blue Tier and all the way back down the coast from Ansons Bay

Collingwood Magpie Netball Clinic

St Helens netballers were lucky enough to participate in a clinic run by members of the Collingwood Magpies Netball Club on 12 October. About 50 people aged between 5yr and 45yr attended the clinic at the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium.

Four players from the Super Netball outfit ran the event – Ashleigh Brazill, Madison Robinson, Matilda Garrett and Shae Brown.

There was also a coaching clinic put on by the Collingwood Magpies’ Australian Netball League coaching staff. “Some girls were really awestruck by their idols,” St Helens Netball Association president Jacqui Lockwood said. “It was a really great experience for them to get high-calibre training and coaching from the players.”

RACTI State League Netball Matches and Junior Clinic

An informative Umpire education session Friday evening was enjoyed by those who attended. Not only did John and Eloise Fox provide valuable mentoring, they also picked up the whistle to fill gaps on games.

Saturday morning saw in excess of 40 junior members put through their paces by F45 Cavailers coaches and players in a fun skills based clinic. Thank you to the F45 Cavaliers for investing in regional netball.

Later in the day, the Cavaliers took on the Glendon Insurance Brokers Kingston Blues in two physical and highly skilled games. We are so privileged to have elite Tasmanian netball on home soil. Thank you to Netball Tasmania and participating Clubs for their continued
support of the initiative.

Shell Questacon Science Circus

The Shell Questacon Science Circus brings lively science shows to towns and schools across regional and remote Australia. When they visit an area, they are about four things:

• in-school show performances.

• teacher professional development workshops.

• a travelling science centre for the community.

• Beyond School events for senior secondary students.

The Shell Science Circus event was attended by 505 members of the Break O’Day community. Some feedback provided by Aidan Murray, Tour Coordinator on the event that transpired…

Hi Erica, The whole community really engaged with our colourful exhibits, and the audiences for our science shows were very enthusiastic! We were especially grateful for those that came along, because we understood that many people in the region were affected by the fire that was burning. We are also grateful to the council for all your help with the event planning, advertising, and delivery – Jayne was a great help on both Monday and Tuesday and we knew that Erica was doing important work with fire response teams. We wouldn’t have had so many visitors without your help! Thanks again Cheers, Aidan Murray Tour Coordinator – Shell Questacon Science Circus

Progression of Stage 2 – Commercial Kiosk

Council was successful in obtaining $50,000 contribution from the Tasmanian Community Fund in order to progress the Kiosk fit-out at the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium. The project involved specialist architectural input from Edwards & Simpsons Architects who worked collaboratively with the user groups of the facility to ensure it catered to their needs. With the engagement of the community groups and specialist skills, Council designed and installed a very functional area which now has the ability to raise funds for community groups and organisations.

The commercial kitchen has been installed to the highest standard with commercial vinyl, stainless steel benches and splash backs as well as a range of good quality commercial appliances. The kitchen has been endorsed by Council’s Environmental Health Officer for commercial use and is now available for any organisation or community group to use whether providing training or catering for an event.

The commercial kitchen is being used as a kiosk by the St Helens Netball Association who will use the kiosk throughout the season to raise funds for their organisation. Due to the standard of the kitchen fit-out they will now be able to offer healthy meals like curries, homemade nachos, pastas and more which has increased their fundraising as well as attracted more people to the events.

2016 Winner of the Public Architecture Awards for Tasmania

Bendigo Bank Community Stadium won the Public Architecture Awards in 2016 for the ‘Local Government Property Award’ which was for a completed project that contributes to the local community. The project achieved sustainable development in the built or natural environments for the long term social benefit of the community.

The Stadium’s sustainability is powered by the decrease in potential maintenance costs of electricity by choosing LED lighting inside the Stadium, instead of halogen and the type of flooring chosen has much less of a maintenance cost associated, along with warranty and replacement time frame.

Congratulations to the Stadium Architects Edwards + Simpson who worked tirelessly throughout the project to ensure we received the best possible outcome for the budget constraints.