Sports and Recreation

Drone photography of AK Lines reserve and Grimshaw Street

We know that strong sports clubs help make strong communities.

We’re working to minimise impacts on sporting and recreation facilities during the construction of North East Link. This includes finding replacement facilities for affected clubs during construction, and where needed, options for permanent relocation.

We’re working with councils and local sports clubs, leagues and associations to keep local clubs thriving during construction and beyond.

Although construction disruptions are unavoidable, we can manage these well through careful planning and consultation. While project design is not final, we have begun discussions potential disruptions and relocation options with clubs, councils and stakeholders. For an overview of potential sporting field relocations, read our fact sheet.

For more detail on community consultation and potential options for sporting clubs, read North East Link’s Environment Effects Statement and the Sport and Recreation Preliminary Options Assessment. The Sport and Recreation Preliminary Options Assessment is in Appendix F of Technical Report I Social Appendices.

Read the Environment Effects Statement

Read the Social impact assessment chapter (53 pages)

Read the Social impact assessment technical report (721 pages)

M80 Ring Road to Lower Plenty Road

Three sports reserves could be temporarily occupied during construction and six sporting clubs relocated to nearby facilities from 2021 onwards. These include:

  • AK Lines Reserve
  • Gabonia Avenue Reserve
  • Winsor Reserves

We’re working with Banyule Council to make sure there are relocation options nearby for all potentially affected clubs. Once construction for North East Link is complete, we will reinstate sports reserves affected by construction. This includes looking at opportunities for upgrades to sporting facilities.

Bulleen Park Area

Some community sports fields and facilities would need to be permanently relocated in the Bulleen Park Area. This space will be used to build and operate the North East Link tunnels, the connection to the Eastern Freeway and the addition of a Bulleen Park and Ride service.

Permanent acquisition of community sports fields and facilities in the area would include:

  • Boroondara Tennis Centre
  • Bulleen Park Oval 1
  • Part of the Freeway Golf course along Bulleen Road (four golf holes)

We’ve been working with Boroondara and Manningham Councils, clubs, leagues and associations, facility managers and other landowners to discuss and investigate options for existing users of the area including:

  • Reconfiguring Bulleen Park to better use available space
  • Creating new spaces nearby, including a possible option on Templestowe Road.

We have developed several options with input from councils and affected clubs. There are benefits and challenges to each option, and these are outlined in our sports and recreation fact sheet.

Construction of the Eastern Freeway interchange is expected to start in 2021. As part of ongoing design work, a staging plan would be developed to coordinate land acquisition and the construction of new sporting facilities.

Eastern Freeway

Two ovals at Elgar Park could be temporarily required to build North East Link.

The North East Oval has been identified as a potential construction compound for the Eastern Freeway Upgrade. The oval is used as a junior competition venue by Mont Albert Cricket Club.

We’re working with the club and Whitehorse Council to find a nearby temporary replacement. These options include:

  • Elgar Park South West Oval
  • Reserves in Burwood, Vermont and Forest Hill

Elgar Park North West Oval could potentially be upgraded to improve flood water management. This is still to be confirmed through further design work, technical studies and consultation with Mont Albert Cricket Club, council and other interested groups and a number of relocation options have been identified.