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State government $2m to Olympic Park improvements

Wed 18 April, 2018

The state government has announced a $2 million contribution towards Banyule Council’s masterplan to transform Olympic Park.

The masterplan recommends more than $11 million in improvements at Olympic Park to boost participation in sport especially for women and provide high quality sport and green spaces for the whole community.

Banyule Council has committed $3.1 million and Heidelberg United Football Club $500,000 over four years towards implementing the Olympic Park Masterplan.

Minister for Sport John Eren announced the state government funding at the Heidelberg United Football Club on Tuesday 17 April at 11.15am.

Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the $2 million contribution from the Victorian Government was much appreciated and would help make the site a sporting and recreational precinct in Heidelberg West.

“Our masterplan for this area aims to boost sport and recreation opportunities, pay homage to our cultural heritage and make more use of the site.

“But to achieve such an ambitious plan we need partnerships with government and key community stakeholders. So the financial contributions announced by the state government and Heidelberg United Football Club are very much appreciated.

“The community has changed since this ground was used as a training site for the 1956 Olympic Games. In recent years female participation in sport has skyrocketed and we need to encourage and accommodate that,” he said.

Improvements outlined in the Banyule Council Olympic Park Masterplan include:

  • New sports fields and sports lighting
  • Improved playgrounds, shared paths and fitness circuits
  • Aboriginal spiritual walk and gathering place
  • Improved lighting, CCTV and community safety
  • Improved access, parking and entry points.