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 an initial $68 million investment to help upgrade sporting facilities while North East Link gets built.

Three new pavilions are complete and 1 upgraded to provide additional change facilities, with an additional 3 new pavilions to be built by 2027. New facilities will give football, soccer, cricket and tennis clubs with 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 relocate to new grounds, either temporarily or permanently. We’ve worked in collaboration with local councils, sports leagues and state sporting associations, schools, and landowners, to determine the best places to deliver these upgrades for the greatest community benefit and to ensure they are set 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.

Major upgrades to Ford Park, Binnak Park, Greensborough College and Veneto Club are complete, with planning at remaining sites well underway.

Planning and Construction

Glen Waverley Sports Hub

The Glen Waverley Sports Hub includes the existing Glen Waverley Golf Course and the new Monash Tennis Centre. When complete, the facility will feature:

  • 18 International Tennis Federation (ITF) standard courts, including 2 show courts
  • golf practice facilities
  • LED floodlighting on all courts
  • multi-use pavilion with change rooms, public amenities, café, social space, and club storage rooms
  • general amenities, including drinking fountains, bench seating, shade, and outdoor gathering spaces
  • a significant upgrade to the intersection of Waverley and Jells Roads
  • car parking improvements.

In a joint partnership with Monash Council, the State Government is investing $21 million in the new tennis and golf precinct to keep local clubs thriving while North East Link is built.

The tennis centre will be the new home for tournaments replacing the Boroondara Tennis Centre, which closed in December 2022. The Boroondara Tennis Centre was located on land needed for a crucial interchange to connect the North East Link to an upgraded Eastern Freeway.


Construction on the Glen Waverley Sports Hub started in late 2022 and is expected to be finished in early 2024.

New Bulleen soccer facilities

New soccer facilities at 27-59 Templestowe Road, Bulleen will provide a new venue for soccer clubs at Bulleen Park, as well as the local community.

The new facilities will include:

  • 2 natural turf soccer pitches
  • 1 synthetic soccer pitch
  • a pavilion with spectator seating, inclusive change rooms and public amenities, kiosk/café, social space, and club storage rooms
  • sports field lighting
  • 176 car spaces pedestrian and cyclist connections.


Construction has been underway since February 2023, with earthworks, foundation formation, and drainage works underway. Works to build the pavilion structure, car park and pitches will take place in the coming months, with the fields expected to be ready for play by mid 2024.