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.