2009 Consultation

In developing the options, stakeholders were consulted and the site and the surrounding area was fully analysed.

The master planning consultants have developed three options for the future development of the Manuka Oval.  The options are summarised below and additional information about each option, including illustrations, is available on this site.


This includes upgrading the Oval including rebuilding the Menzies and Hawke Stands and a slight increase in seating. 


This is the same as Option Mo1 but provides for the progressive rebuilding and expansion of the facility.


This is part of a combined option that provides for a new rectangular stadium adjacent to the Canberra Stadium for rugby and soccer and relocates major cricket and AFL games from Manuka Oval to a refurbished Canberra Stadium.  Manuka Oval would become a community oval.

All options include environmentally sustainable design initiatives (such as, but not exclusive to, water and solar harvesting).


The table below provides the indicative development costs for each option for both Canberra Stadium and Manuka Oval.

Only Option Cs4 + Mo3 should be read together as they are a combined option.

The other options for Canberra Stadium are independent of the options for Manuka Oval.  A decision about which, if any option to adopt at Canberra Stadium could be made separately from a decision about which, if any, option to adopt for Manuka Oval.

Canberra StadiumManuka Oval
OptionIndicative CostLife ExpectancyOptionIndicative CostLife Expectancy
Cs1$70-100 millionShort termMo1$20-30 millionShort term
Cs2$80-120 millionMedium termMo2$70-100 millionLong term
Cs3$200-250 millionLong term
Cs4$300-$350 millionLong termMo3$7-10 millionLong term


On the 18 July 2013, a PowerPoint presentation was given to the Inner South Canberra Council and Kingston and Barton Residents Association. For accessibility reasons this information has been presented in HTML format below.


Presentation Outline

  • Introduction and Overview – Alan Franklin
  • Master Plan Update and ‘Stage 1B’ – Ian Smith
  • Game Day Measures – Matthew Elkins
  • Transport Assessment and Modelling – Tim Rampton
  • Development Application and Next Steps – Chris Purdon
  • Questions & Comments

Introduction & Overview

  • Purpose of Briefing
  • Process started in 2009 – Master Plan
  • Current Work ( ‘Phase 1A’) – oval resurfacing
  • Next Phase of work (‘Phase 1B’)
  • Preservation of Heritage Values
  • Tree Strategy

Manuka Oval Redevelopment – ‘Aspirational Brief’

  • Improve the visitor experience;
  • Maximize use and flexibility;
  • Improve financial returns for all;
  • Strengthen links with the precinct;
  • Retain and enhance character and heritage; and
  • Optimize sustainability.

Overview of Phase 1a – New Pitch

Overview of Phase 1b – Cricket World Cup Preparation and General Upgrade

Overview of Phase 2a – Western Upgrade

Overview of Phase 2b – Southern Upgrade

Overview of Phase 3 – Eastern Upgrade

Stage 1B – Main Initiatives

  • Fitout to new dugouts
  • Seats to new rows, and reseating existing bowl
  • Additional modular roofs
  • New accessible toilets
  • Services and landscape upgrades to concourse
  • Pedestrian lighting and PA to concourse
  • Tree planting and replacement to reinforce canopy

Overview of Stage 1B

Overview of Elevations

Temporary Traffic Measures

  • Car parking arrangements
    • lifted parking time restrictions around Oval
    • Increased parking enforcement
    • park & ride / satellite car parks
    • variable message signs
  • Free use of all bus services for ticketholders
  • Special bus services from Woden and City interchanges
  • Road closures on the west side of Manuka Circle and on Fitzroy Street

Transport Assessment

  • Transport model built to assess game day traffic and parking conditions
    • Weekend / Weekday
    • AFL / Cricket
    • 13,500 and 16,000 attendees
  • Objectives
    • Ensure access for attendees during capacity events
    • Prioritise safe & efficient movement of people
    • Minimise impact of traffic and car parking on the community
    • Develop traffic management measures targeted to game day conditions

Car Parking

500m6 minutes2000–2300
1km12 minutes5500–6000

Modelling Results (16,000 attendees / Weeknight game)

  • All legal parking occupied within 1km
  • Additional delays (minor) at intersections prior to the game
  • Little impact after the game
  • Crowded footpaths and pedestrian crossings

All Traffic + Pedestrian impacts short lived – 30 minutes

Keys to Success

  • Promotion of carpooling and public transport
  • Consider expansion of event bus network to other Town Centres
  • Identify / promote ‘park and ride’ locations
  • Continue to strengthen temporary traffic measures
  • Improve pedestrian + cyclist facilities
  • Enforcement of illegal + unsafe parking