Stage 1 works

Stage 1 works have commenced.

We have been working closely with the Heidelberg United Soccer Club, Olympic Colts Cricket Club and others to plan for these works.

Stage 1 works will include:

  • The redevelopment of the main playing pitch (natural turf)
  • Underground infrastructure
  • Reshaping of dirt mounds around the pitch and access paths.

Please note: The proposed redevelopment of the main pitch is consistent with the adopted Master Plan.

You can also view the plans for stage 1.

What’s next?

Olympic Park Precinct Master Plan stages

There are four stages to the master plan for the Olympic Park Precinct. These stages are based on requirements and funding availability.

Stage 1 - Planning Permit
The planning permit application for stage one was approved by Council on 16 August 2019. Works are now underway:

Construction

  • Reconstruction of the main pitch (including drainage and irrigation)
  • Replacement of existing fencing
  • News paths
  • Landscaping

Stage 2, 3 and 4 of Planning Permit Application
The next stage is to submit the planning permit for the rest of the works. This planning permit has been submitted and will be advertised from 1 November 2019. This application will cover all the remaining three stages of works as outlined below. Check out the staging plan for the redevelopment of the Olympic Park precinct.

Stage 2

  • Synthetic mini-roos pitch/warm up area (including drainage, fencing and lighting).
  • Car parking with Water Sensitive Urban Design elements including bio swales and bio retention basins.
  • Playground with nature place, structured play, shelter, BBQs and picnic furniture.
  • Electrical substation upgrades and main pitch lighting
  • Landscaping and shared paths.
  • 1956 Memorial Olympic Garden.

Stage 3

  • Reconstruction and realignment of two additional soccer pitches / cricket pitch with wicket between the soccer pitches (including drainage, irrigation, fencing, lighting).
  • Cricket pavilion (change rooms, toilets).
  • Landscaping and paths.

Stage 4

  • Reconstruction and realignment of the northern cricket pitch (including drainage, lighting, fencing).
  • Cricket practice nets.
  • Acrylic futsal/basketball area (including fencing, lighting).
  • Cricket pavilion (social space).
  • Landscaping and paths.

Other Works
Heidelberg United Football Club is also planning to upgrade its pavilion facilities. A planning permit application has been lodged and details will be made available on Council’s website as the application progresses.

Council is also reconstructing and upgrading the Darebin Creek shared path that runs from Banksia Street, Bellfield to Dougharty Road, Heidelberg West. This section of the shared path that runs the entire length of the Olympic Park Precinct is programmed for construction in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Who is funding the Master Plan implementation?

The estimated cost of the overall Master Plan is $11.5m. We have allocated $3.1m (over four years) and the State Government has funded $3.5m.

Olympic Park Master Plan

The Olympic Park Master Plan was adopted by Council on 14 March 2017 following extensive community consultation.

In February 2019 we held two community drop in sessions with local residents on the proposed design. Thank you for your feedback, we have adjusted the design based on what you said at these drop in sessions.

Based on what you said at the February drop-ins sessions and July information sessions, we adjusted the Olympic Park Master Plan designs. Your feedback and input is valuable and we thank you for your engagement, interest and contributions.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The stage 1 planning permit was for the construction of the main pitch, electrical and communication conduits, fencing, paths and associated landscaping. This permit was granted by Council on 16 August 2019 and works commenced on 26 August 2019. Stage 1 is on track to be completed by March 2020, ready for the 2020 soccer season.

The master plan has been split into four stages. For stages 2, 3 and 4, we are submitting one planning permit application to cover all works for the remaining stages of the master plan. The application includes cricket ovals and soccer pitches, car parking, playground, lighting, synthetic warm up area, multi-use sports court, landscaping and paths.

Stage 2
Detailed designs are currently underway. We are on track to tender the works and award a contractor in early 2020. This is dependent on the granting of the planning permit.

Stages 3 and 4
Works are dependent on funding. We are currently working hard to secure funding for these stages of the master plan.

Some trees will have to be removed. We’ve worked hard to adjust the design to minimise the impact but will need to remove 17 trees. As part of the remaining stages we will be planting over 90 additional trees at the Olympic Park Precinct.

As part of the remaining stages there will be upgrades to lighting of the Olympic Park Precinct paths and sports fields. All lighting will be changed to LED lighting which is 75% more efficient than the current incandescent lighting throughout the park. LED lighting is better focused lighting resulting in less light spillage outside of the park. The lighting levels for the main pitch is remaining at 500lux. The middle pitches will be lit to 100lux and the northern oval to 300lux. Check out the lighting footprint.

We hosted community drop-in sessions, conducted a survey and provided opportunities for community members to shape and comment on the master plan before it was adopted in 2017.

Stages 2, 3 and 4 are consistent with the adopted Master Plan. Check out the staging plan.

Council has allocated $3.1m over four years and the State Government has funded $3.5m. The estimated cost of the master plan is $11.5m. We’re actively seeking funding for the remaining stages of the master plan.

Information about the planning permit application and how to lodge a submission, can be found here.

We are also hosting a drop-in session on 6 November 2019.

Barrbunin Beek Gathering Place
5.30pm to 7pm

Come along and have your questions answered about the plans or the planning permit. We’d love to see you there.

How

As Olympic Park is used by many within the community, we looked to hear from you as part of the master plan development identifying:

  • key issues and challenges limiting Olympic Parks use and development;
  • a vision to enable Council to plan for it’s future improvement.

The master planning process was extensive and involved many people. Looking at the timeline you'll notice the master plan was shaped over a number of stages and included several feedback opportunities.

Why

There has been an increasing demand for improved sport, recreation and cultural opportunities in the area. Combined with the La Trobe employment cluster driving future employment opportunities and population growth, there was need to develop a master plan to address current and future gaps in open space and facility provision.

In December 2015, we appointed Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning to develop a master plan for Olympic Park, Heidelberg West. Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning have prepared the plan in partnership with landscape architects, ACLA Consultants.

The objective was to prepare a master plan for Olympic Park ensuring best outcomes for the community, improved facilities, better linkages and access from both sides of Darebin Creek, and a long term sustainable plan for the precinct.

To help shape the plan consultations took place with Olympic Park user groups, the extended community and our officers to ensure it reflected the needs of the local community.

Where

Olympic Park is located on the western fringe of Banyule. The park is within an established residential area, sitting along side the Darebin Creek. On the otherside of the creek, (to the west) is a commercial precinct that includes Northland Shopping Centre and north-east from Olympic Park off Dougharty Rd, is a substantial industrial area.

The park is home to the Heidelberg United Football Club (soccer), Olympic Colts Cricket Club and the Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place. The site has a significant history and was once used as a prominent training base for the 1956 Olympic Games.