The Victorian Government is investing in new and upgraded sports facilities to support clubs who need to move temporarily or permanently to allow for the construction of North East Link.
One of these projects is the new soccer facilities in Bulleen, planned as part of North East Link Program’s ongoing investment into local sport.
The new facilities at 27-59 Templestowe Road will replace two soccer fields at Bulleen Park and the use of Bulleen Park Oval 1 for soccer and include:
- three new soccer pitches - one synthetic and two natural
- a new pavilion providing spectator facilities
- realignment and redevelopment of the three existing sports ovals
- car parking facilities with 176 spaces
- walking and cycling paths
- planting of new trees and vegetation
- new drainage, storm water management and flood mitigation systems
- upgraded sports field lighting
- an upgrade to playground equipment and park amenities.
Development Victoria will work in conjunction with North East Link Program to manage the delivery of this project, with Manningham City Council to manage usage of the new facilities by local clubs and the broader community once completed.
Construction is being undertaken by 2Construct.
The soccer fields are expected to be ready for play in 2024 to ensure local clubs continue to thrive while significant North East Link construction is underway at Bulleen Park.
The new soccer fields will also be open for the community to use and enjoy.
3 new soccer pitches
176 car spaces
new spectator pavilion
We're continuing to build retaining walls and drains near the playing fields and 176-space car park. The new drains will carry water to the nearby Bulleen North Drain.
We’ve also installed watering systems on the two natural grass pitches and put up light posts for players to use the facility in the evening. This modern lighting has been designed to focus directly onto the sports fields and car park, minimising light spill into surrounding areas. The car park lighting will also meet industry standards focusing light spill within the venue.
The construction of the playing fields will continue for the rest of the year, with all three pitches being worked on at the same time.
Irrigation systems are now in place on the two natural grass pitches and 14,000 square metres of natural turf from Boremann Turf in South Australia have been rolled out on these pitches
The synthetic pitch has several levels of foundations laid, with synthetic grass to arrive in the coming months.
The pavilion roof sheeting has been installed, with fixtures and fittings to be installed following completion of the pavilion structure.
Upcoming road works
In December, we'll begin works to build a new intersection, pedestrian crossing and footpath near the entrance of the site to make it safer to enter and exit the new facility. The new intersection will feature dedicated turning lanes and traffic islands to improve traffic flow.
Changes to speed limits
Once the new soccer facilities are open, the speed limit on Templestowe Road between Robert Street and Sheahans Road will permanently change to 60km/h. The new speed limit reduction will make it safer to enter and exit the facilities.
To see all of our works and community updates, visit our Resources page.
Working with the North East Link Project (NELP)
To allow for construction of North East Link, some sports clubs will need to relocate to new grounds.
The new facilities at Templestowe Road will replace two soccer fields at Bulleen Park and the use of Bulleen Park Oval 1 for soccer, and will be used while work is undertaken on the soccer fields at Bulleen Park.
Existing local clubs will be relocated from Bulleen Park to the new facilities, and the new soccer fields will also be open for the community to use and enjoy.
Development Victoria is delivering the new facilities in conjunction with North East Link Program. The lead contractor is 2Construct.
NELP undertook an assessment of land within the local area that was both large enough to accommodate displaced local clubs, and that could be publicly acquired for the project.
Through our search, the Bulleen Golf Driving Range on Templestowe Road in Bulleen and Parks Victoria land (immediately west of the driving range) was identified as suitable for redevelopment for the new soccer facilities.
Due to the sloping nature of the site, the soccer fields will be terraced to minimise earthworks and also keep them away from the nearby transmission lines.
To facilitate the construction and operation of North East Link, some sporting facilities around the Eastern Freeway Interchange will need to be relocated, including two existing soccer fields located at Bulleen Park.
To ensure all local clubs can continue to thrive, North East Link Program is relocating soccer users to the new site on Templestowe Road, and will upgrade Bulleen Park to retain the three ovals for AFL football and cricket.
Design and Consultation
The design for the new soccer facilities in Bulleen includes:
- Three new soccer fields, including two natural turf pitches and one synthetic pitch.
- A brand-new sports pavilion, with inclusive facilities and spectator seating.
- A 176-space car park
- Improved pedestrian and cycling access in and around the facilities, and connections to the Yarra River.
As part of the development of the new facilities, a planning scheme amendment (PSA) process took place in 2020. A total of 53 submissions were received from local residents, businesses and community groups.
The feedback received helped inform the final design in several ways, including:
- increasing the number of car spaces delivered to 176, 26 more than the 150 recommended by the Traffic Impact Assessment associated with the Master Plan
- development of a Traffic Management Plan to address traffic issues during construction
- development of a signalised intersection at the car part entry, subject to approval from the Department of Transport
- designing the new facilities to accommodate soccer for all ages and for both men and women.
A signalised intersection will be built by the time North East Link is open for operation and more information regarding the treatment of Templestowe Road will be available as the project progresses.
In the interim, traffic islands will be built on Templestowe Road to better manage the new intersection with Rosemont Drive and the new soccer facility.
Works on the new interim intersection will begin November 2023 and finish early March 2024.
Site investigations and construction began in early 2023, with the soccer fields expected to be ready for play in the first half of 2024.
There will be some increased noise, dust or vibration near the work site.
These impacts are closely managed during works and must comply with several strict requirements, including adhering to applicable noise limits.
Works have been carefully planned and designed to avoid tree removal as much as possible, but some trees will need to be removed. Areas identified as home to threatened fauna species will be protected and not impacted by the final design or construction.
We will be planting a replacement tree for every tree removed during construction of the facilities.
Our design team have worked to ensure the retention of the Red Spotted Gum tree near the entrance.
Manningham Council will manage the new facilities which will be used by local sports clubs and open to the community for use outside of training and matches. Usage of the facilities will be in line with council policy.
- New soccer facilities works notice – November 2023 PDF, 330.6 kb
- New soccer facilities works notice – September 2023 PDF, 359.2 kb
- New soccer facilities works notice – July 2023 PDF, 101.2 kb
- New soccer facilities works notice – piling rig delivery – May 2023 PDF, 372.6 kb
- New soccer facilities works notice – piling rig removal – May 2023 PDF, 371.4 kb
- New soccer facilities works notice – March 2023 PDF, 390.7 kb
Updated on 01 December 2023