We know that strong sports clubs help to build a strong sense of community. That’s why 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 34 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, improved 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 move to new grounds temporarily or permanently. 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.
Some sports grounds have already been completed and others are well underway and are due to be finished this year before major construction begins, so clubs can make a smooth transition to their temporary or permanent homes.
Sports upgrades at Veneto Club are now complete, the first to be completed under North East Link’s massive investment in local sports grounds.
Veneto Club’s new field lights allow matches and training to be held at night, and their brand-new synthetic soccer pitch provides a stronger playing surface that allows triple the usage compared to their previous natural turf field.
With the brand-new synthetic soccer pitch, lighting, behind goal and boundary fencing; and new club changerooms, these upgrades will allow Veneto Club to host more soccer in the future.
Sports upgrades at Greensborough College are now complete and are ready for use by local clubs, the school, and the community.
The new facilities include a pavilion overlooking the new natural turf AFL/cricket oval and synthetic soccer pitch, and cricket pitches, new cricket nets, scoreboards, field lighting, and a new car park.
Greensborough College’s new facilities will be used by Watsonia Heights Football Club, Macleod Junior Football Club, Macleod Cricket Club, St Marys Greensborough Junior Football Club and St Marys Football Club, which currently use AK Lines Reserve, Gabonia Reserve or Winsor Reserve for training and games.
This project was delivered in conjunction with the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA). We’ve also been working closely with Banyule City Council who will manage the allocation and maintenance of the grounds outside school times.
- Greensborough College Community Update May 2021 PDF, 472.4 KB
- 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
Upgrades are progressing at Binnak Park for a new home for Plenty Valley Cricket Club and Watsonia Sporting Club while North East Link is built.
Once complete, upgrades will include a new pavilion, which will provide an uninterrupted view of the ground, new social space for club functions, and accessible and female friendly change rooms. Upgrades will also include a fully reconstructed sports field, new cricket practice nets, improved lighting, an electronic scoreboard, and more parking spaces.
Over the coming months, crews will begin landscaping and planting more than 40 trees around Binnak Park. Read the landscape plan PDF, 260.0 KB to see where trees and shrubs will be planted. Feedback on the plan has now closed.
Plenty Valley Cricket Club and Watsonia Sporting Club will join Binnak Park’s other users, Parade St Damian’s Junior Football Club, when the upgrades are complete in September.
- 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
Ford Park is being upgraded as part of our $68 million investment to keep local sports thriving while we build North East Link.
The Ford Park design and works are consistent with the Banyule City Council endorsed Master Plan developed in 2016 and 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.
The new facilities will accommodate Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) who will be moving from Bulleen Park while we build North East Link. The sports upgrades will also benefit the community and existing users, Ivanhoe Junior Football Club and Bellfield Cricket Club. Official matches on the upgraded southern oval will start at the beginning of the 2022 season.
Over the coming months, crews will continue to plant more than 100 trees as part of these works. Read the landscape plan PDF, 389.7 KB to see where the trees and shrubs will be planted. Feedback on the plan has now closed.
- 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 will 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, 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
- 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. Several relocation options have been identified if required, including Springfield Park in Box Hill North and Wilsons Road Reserve in Doncaster.