We know that strong sports clubs help to build a strong sense of community. We’re investing millions of dollars into upgrading sports grounds and facilities in Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs to keep local clubs playing and thriving during construction and beyond.
More than 20,000 players from 31 sporting clubs and associations will benefit from a $68 million investment to help upgrade sporting facilities while North East Link gets built.
Six new pavilions will be built across the North East and new facilities will give football, soccer and cricket clubs better grounds, increased lighting and female-friendly change rooms.
We’re committed to minimising the impact on sporting and recreation facilities and we’ve been working closely with clubs, that will need to temporarily or permanently move to new grounds. We’ve worked in collaboration with councils, sports leagues and state sporting associations, schools and landowners, to determine the best places to deliver these upgrades with the most community benefit and set them up for success well into the future. The outcomes of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process also helped to determine where the investments were made.
Works to upgrade sports grounds are well underway and are due to be complete this year before major construction begins, so clubs can make a smooth transition to their temporary or permanent homes.
Greensborough College has been identified as a temporary alternative for clubs that currently use AK Lines Reserve, Gabonia Reserve or Winsor Reserve for some training and games including Watsonia Heights Football Club, Macleod Junior Football Club, Macleod Cricket Club, St Marys Greensborough Junior Football Club and St Marys Football Club. As part of developing this option we’ve been working closely with Banyule City Council and Greensborough College to develop plans for major upgrades to sporting facilities at the school, including new playing fields and a new pavilion.
Greensborough College will remain fully operational during regular school times and Banyule Council will manage the allocation and maintenance of the grounds outside school times.
- Greensborough College Community Update Dec 2020 PDF, 3.5 MB
- Greensborough College Community Update Aug 2020 PDF, 2.3 MB
- Greensborough College Community Update Dec 2019 PDF, 143.3 KB
- Greensborough College Master Plan PDF, 114.2 KB
- Greensborough College Artist Impressions PDF, 698.9 KB
- Greensborough College Pavilion Artist Impression JPG, 1.4 MB
We’re getting ready to plant more than 40 trees at Binnak Park, as sports upgrade works progress.
While some trees needed to be removed to build the new sports facilities including the pavilion, field lighting and cricket practice nets, we've developed a landscape plan to green the area as we near the end of construction. We’ll plant a variety of species including blackwood, yellow gum, red stringybark and candlebark trees towards the middle of this year.
Download the landscape plan PDF PDF, 260.0 KB and see where trees and shrubs will be planted. Feedback on the plan has now closed.
Upgrades are occurring at Binnak Park to provide a temporary home for Watsonia Football Club and Plenty Valley Cricket Club. As part of this relocation, new facilities will be built at Binnak Park including a refurbished sports oval, score board, cricket practice nets, sports field lighting and a new pavilion.
- Binnak Park Tree Planting Landscape Plan PDF, 260.0 KB
- Binnak Park Community Update Mar 2020 PDF, 4.6 MB
- Binnak Park Community Update Dec 2020 PDF, 1.6 MB
- Binnak Park Community Update Jul 2020 PDF, 1.1 MB
- Binnak Park Community Update Dec 2019 PDF, 139.4 KB
- Binnak Park Master Plan PDF, 2.7 MB
- Binnak Park Artist Impressions PDF, 1.7 MB
- Binnak Park Oval Artist Impression JPG, 1.3 MB
We're getting ready to plant trees and a variety of native plants at Ford Park, Bellfield and want to chat with you.
While some trees needed to be removed to build the new sports facilities, we've developed a landscape plan to green the area as we near the end of construction. We’ll plant a range of species including spotted gum, blackwood, yellow gum and maple trees in the coming months. We’ll also plant a variety of native plants and shrubs.
Download the landscape plan PDF, 389.7 KB and see where the trees and shrubs will be planted. Feedback on the plan has now closed.
Ford Park has been identified as a relocation site for the Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL). The Ford Park design and works are consistent with Banyule City Council endorsed Master Plan developed in 2016 and will include refurbishing the southern oval and upgrading sports field lighting as well as building a new pavilion, new synthetic turf cricket nets and more car parking. Banyule City Council will continue ownership and management of the upgraded facilities for use by YJFL and the park’s current users Ivanhoe Junior Football Club and Bellfield Cricket Club.
- Ford Park Tree Planting Landscape Plan PDF, 389.7 KB
- Ford Park Community Update March 2021 PDF, 3.1 MB
- Ford Park Community Update Dec 2020 PDF, 1.3 MB
- Removing the grandstand PDF, 1.0 MB
- Ford Park Community Update Jul 2020 PDF, 901.2 KB
- Ford Park Community Update Dec 2019 PDF PDF, 157.1 KB
- Ford Park Master Plan PDF, 221.5 KB
- Ford Park Artist Impressions PDF, 1.5 MB
- Ford Park Pavilion Artist Impression JPG, 1.5 MB
To build the North East Link tunnels and connection to the Eastern Freeway, some community sports fields and facilities in the Bulleen Park area would be permanently relocated due to land acquisition. These include Boroondara Tennis Centre and Bulleen Park Oval 1. Part of the Freeway Golf course along Bulleen Road will also be permanently acquired. A portion along the frontage of Trinity Marles Playing Fields and Marcellin College sports fields may also be temporarily acquired.
We’ve been working with Boroondara and Manningham councils, private schools, clubs, leagues and associations, facility managers and other landowners to investigate options for clubs and facilities that use the area.
We’re progressing plans for Bulleen Park, which includes:
- A new three-oval AFL and cricket precinct at Bulleen Park
- A new three-field soccer precinct on Templestowe Road, Bulleen
- Upgrades to a soccer field at Veneto Club
- Relocation of some school sports facilities at Trinity Marles Playing Fields
- Realignment and upgrade of Marcellin College sports fields
Changes to local planning schemes are needed to support some of the planned moves. There will be opportunities to view and comment on a draft Planning Scheme Amendment soon.
One oval at Elgar Park could be temporarily required to build North East Link.
North West Oval
The North West Oval could potentially be upgraded to improve flood water management for an upgraded Eastern Freeway. This is still to be confirmed through further design work, technical studies and the final project design. If this oval is required, the impact will be short term up to approximately 18 months. A number of relocation options have been identified if required including Springfield Reserve in Box Hill North and Wilsons Road Reserve in Doncaster.
We have been working closely with the Veneto Club to develop a masterplan for upgrades to their sports facilities to accommodate more capacity for FC Bulleen Lions, whose secondary training ground at Bulleen Park Oval One will be impacted by North East Link.
Upgrades at the Veneto Club will include a new synthetic soccer pitch, field lighting and an upgrade to the existing club change rooms.