Project update - May 2024

In April we opened:

  • South Oval – which includes 2 soccer pitches (NPL) and a cricket pitch
  • North Oval – which includes 1 community soccer pitch and cricket pitch
  • the slip lane entrance from Southern Road.

View the Olympic Park Project update

Stage 4 of the Olympic Park Redevelopment works is currently underway with construction planned to start on the new community pavilion in early 2025 and will be completed in early 2026. The ovals will remain open for use during construction.

See the pavilion designs below.

Olympic Park Master Plan

Over the past few years we’ve been delivering an $18.5M project at Olympic Park in Heidelberg West.

The project is transforming the precinct, upgrading sporting, recreational and leisure facilities for local residents, clubs and the wider community.

Olympic Park is located in Heidelberg West on the western fringe of the municipality. The park is an established sport and community recreation reserve with a significant history and was once used as a prominent training base for the 1956 Olympic Games.

Olympic Park is now a high profile soccer and cricket venue which also provides a range of other sport, recreation and open space opportunities. The park is also home to Barrbunin Beek, a gathering place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in and around Banyule.

The Olympic Park Master Plan was adopted by Council on 14 March 2017 following extensive community consultation. Originally we planned for this project to be finished beyond 2030, but it’s getting done faster than expected thanks to some great advocacy work between Council and the Heidelberg United Football Club.

Delivery of Olympic Park Master Plan is well underway with the initial 3 stages completed. Stage 4 is currently in construction.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 200lux and the northern oval to 100lux. 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.

There is ongoing consultation with the community and key stakeholders at different stages of the project.

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Yes. Like all sports grounds in Banyule, the community will be able to use the ovals when they’re not being used by the sporting clubs.

The times the sports clubs have access to the ovals will be available once we’ve finished our winter sports ground allocations. This schedule will be available at the Community Information Session on 23 April (see other side for details).

The main pitch has been built to a National Premier League standard and is used more regularly by the Heidelberg United Football Club – therefore community use will be more limited.

This $18.5M project has been made possible by an $8M contribution from the Victorian Government.

To date, Council has spent $6M on the project. A further $4.5M is allocated to the project over the next two years in our draft Capital Works Budget to complete the pavilion development.

The original masterplan indicated a 10 – 15 year construction plan.

We’ve been able to get these works done faster as Council and the Heidelberg United Football Club’s advocacy work secured $8M in funding support from the Victorian Government. This was a great win for our community and all the users of the park.

Recently the temporary fencing was removed around the ovals in preparation for a handover from the contractor to Council.

Unfortunately, we found defects with the turf that need to be fixed first. Once it’s fixed, the ovals will open for everyone.

Until then, the gates are closed so the contractor can get it to the standard our community and sporting clubs deserve. We believe the contractor will have the issues rectified and the ovals opened by the start of April.

Yes. Dogs will be allowed on the North and South Ovals.

Owners must take responsibility for their dog by cleaning up their waste and making sure they don’t dig up the grounds.

Council is currently consulting on its Public Order, which relates to cats and dogs in public spaces. A discussion paper will be available from Friday 21 March for comment on Shaping Banyule. Have your say at:

There are general waste bins around Olympic Park, which include dog waste bag dispensers. These bins are scheduled to be emptied on Mondays and Fridays.

In general, dog waste bins are under review across the municipality. Pet owners must carry their own dog waste bags and dispose of the waste in a public waste bin or their rubbish bin.

Council has a policy that requires the lights to be off by 9pm on weekdays when they’re being used for training. Clubs need permission from Council to operate the lights beyond 9pm on weekdays and on weekends for competitions. Council will investigate the status of the automatic timers on the main pitch.

Yes, there will be more news about the park across Council’s communications channels after the ovals have opened and the concept designs for the pavilion have been announced.

At this stage there are no plans to install Australian Football League style posts.

The cricket club are currently playing from Shelly Reserve. They’ll be back when the pavilion is finished, which is expected in early 2026.

A new pavilion for Olympic Park will sit between the two ovals. Construction will start in early 2025, take approximately 12 months to complete. The ovals will remain open for use during construction.

The concept designs for the pavilion will be shared at an upcoming Community Information Session on 23 April.

Council works with all sporting clubs across Banyule to give them spaces to play. We grant the use of playing space through our seasonal allocation process.

The same process applies with HUFC. We will allocate space for them to play based on number of teams, training schedules and competition. The allocation will detail how the space is used and shared between the community and cricket club. The agreement will be presented at the Community Information Session.

Council expects these issues to reduce when Olympic Park is fully completed and operational. Traffic will have an easier flow out of the park when the slip lane and entry from Southern Road is opened in April 2024, which will cause less people to drive around in a loop. Council can monitor for issues and look at options for management interventions if traffic issues persist.

The temporary security cameras have been installed to assist with project management. They will be removed from site once the oval works are completed.

There are no plans to soundproof resident’s homes. However, Council works with sports clubs to ensure they keep noise to reasonable levels and will respond to noise complaints.

Unfortunately, motorbikes are an issue at many of our sports facilities – if you see them (or any vandalism occurring), please call 000 or Council on 9490 4222.

Project stages

Completed works

Stage 1 works included:

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

Stage 2 - completed

Stage 2 works included:

  • 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 works include:

  • Construction of new car park north of the entrance road to Olympic Park Reserve including water sensitive urban design.

Stage update: Stage 3 works are now complete except for a slip lane which is still to be installed off Southern Road as an alternate entrance to the area.

Stage 4 works includes:

  • Reconstruction and realignment of the northern cricket pitch (including drainage, lighting, fencing) -complete
  • Reconstruction and realignment of two additional soccer pitches / cricket pitch with wicket between the soccer pitches (including drainage, irrigation, fencing, lighting)- complete
  • Cricket practice nets - complete
  • Acrylic futsal/basketball area (including fencing, lighting) - complete
  • Refurbishment of Barrbunin Beek - complete
  • Landscaping and paths - 90% complete
  • New pavilion (change rooms, toilets, social space) -in design phase


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.