Stage 1 works

We are pleased to let you know that 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 Masterplan.

You can also view the plans for stage 1.

What’s next?

Stage 1 Planning Application
Information on the planning permit application and how to lodge a submission can be found here.

Other works and staging
The Masterplan recommends additional works over the next three to five years.

These include:

  • Additional car parking
  • Additional sports fields for cricket and futsal
  • Sports field lighting
  • An additional sports pavilion
  • A new playground
  • Shared trails
  • 1956 Olympic commemoration/acknowledgement
  • Celebration of aboriginal heritage and culture.

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.

You can also view the plans for other future stages of the Olympic Park Masterplan.

Who is funding the Masterplan implementation?
The estimated cost of the overall Masterplan 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.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The redevelopment of the main soccer playing pitch which includes: replacing the playing surface with turf; improving the underground infrastructure; reshaping the dirt mounds around the pitch; and upgrading access paths. We are calling these works Stage 1 of the Olympic Park Masterplan.

Subject to approval work will begin in September 2019 with the aim of being completed in March 2020.

  • Additional works are proposed over the next three to five years and include: additional car parking and sports fields; sports field lighting; an additional sports pavilion; new playground; and upgraded shared trails. Banyule Council plans to lodge a planning permit application for this work in September 2019. More information the Olympic Masterplan can be found at shaping.banyule.vic.gov.au/olympicpark
  • The Heidelberg United Football Club has lodged a planning permit to upgrade its pavilion facilities. Details will be available on Council’s website as the application progresses.

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

The proposed Stage 1 redevelopment is consistent with the adopted Masterplan.

The estimated cost of the Masterplan is $11.5m. Council has allocated $3.1m over four years and the State Government has funded $3.5m.

Information about the planning permit application, including how to lodge a submission, can be found at www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Services/Planning/Planning-Applications-on-Public-Notice-Advertising

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.