North East Link sporting facility upgrades
Published on 13 August 2020
As part of North East Link, the Victorian Government are investing millions of dollars into upgrading sports grounds and facilities in Banyule to keep local clubs playing and thriving during construction and beyond.
The upgrades will improve existing facilities and support the local sporting clubs and leagues needing to be relocated either temporarily or premanently because of the road project.
Binnak Park, Ford Park and Greensborough College are the main sporting facilities in Banyule to get upgrades, with the listed clubs moving to call these grounds home from mid-2021:
- Watsonia Football Club
- Plenty Valley Cricket Club
- Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL)
- Watsonia Heights Soccer Club
- Macleod Junior Football Club
- Macleod Cricket Club
Also some clubs,aren't moving home ground, though will use these facilities to help with overflow capacity:
- St Marys Greensborough Junior Football Club
- St Marys Football Club
We've been working closely with North East Link Project to find a temporary home for Watsonia Football Club and Plenty Valley Cricket Club. To support this temporary relocation, new facilities will be built at Binnak Park including:
- a refurbished sports oval
- score board
- cricket practice nets
- sports field lighting
- a new pavilion.
Ford Park has been identified as a relocation site for the Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) and will improvements will be carried out to supoort YJFL and the clubs that currently call the park home, Ivanhoe Junior Football Club and Bellfield Cricket Club. The design and works are consistent with our master plan for Ford Park and will include:
- redevelop the southern oval
- upgrading sports field lighting
- building a new pavilion
- new synthetic turf cricket nets
- more car parking.
Greensborough College has been identified as a temporary alternative for clubs that currently use Gabonia Reserve or Winsor Reserve for some training and games.
Upgrades include a new pavilion, a natural turf AFL/cricket oval with a synthetic cricket pitch, a new synthetic soccer pitch, field lighting, synthetic turf cricket nets and a new car park.
North East Link Project has setup a site compound in preparation for work to start late-July 2020. Upgrades are expected to finish mid-2021.
Local sports in Banyule and beyond
There's more to learn about the changes to sports and recreational facilities across the northern and eastern suburbs because of North East Link.
Use the sports interactive map by North East Link