Sports and recreation
Bulleen Park is being upgraded to support sporting clubs during the construction of North East Link.
Future redevelopment of Bulleen Park will allow for continued use of the sporting and recreation facilities during the delivery and following the completion of the North East Link Program (NELP).
The redevelopment will result in a major upgrade to the football (AFL) and cricket facilities and include:
- two new replacement pavilions
- realignment and redevelopment of the three existing sports ovals
- upgrades to sports field lighting, cricket nets, and fencing
- planting of new trees and vegetation
- upgrading playground equipment and park amenities
- reconfigured car parking.
The project is expected to be completed by 2028. During this period, NELP will continue to provide user groups with construction updates to keep the community informed of progress and milestones.
Bulleen Park FAQs for sporting clubs, August 2023
Soccer facilities on Templestowe Road
To compensate for loss of two existing soccer pitches and open space at Bulleen Park, Development Victoria will deliver a new sporting precinct at 27-59 Templestowe Road, Bulleen as part of the North East Link Program.
The new sporting facility will include:
- three soccer fields (2 natural turf and 1 synthetic pitch)
- a sports pavilion with tiered seating and changing, umpire and first aid amenities
- 176 car park spaces
- a playground area; and,
- walking and cycling connections to the Yarra River.
Park and Ride
Doncaster Park and Ride
Doncaster Park and Ride will be upgraded as part of NELP. We are advocating that the Doncaster Busway (including the Bulleen Park and Ride) be designed to operate and function as part of a network-wide Bus Rapid Transit system. This is beyond the busway corridor that is proposed along the Eastern Freeway between Hoddle Street and Doncaster Road.
We are also advocating for the State Government and NELP to amend the NELP Doncaster Park and Ride reference design to a mixed-use transit-oriented development.
At this stage the State Government has only committed to a like for like upgrade, which will result in the reconstruction of the Park and Ride to be retained as a carpark only.
Bulleen Park and Ride
Bulleen Park and Ride is now open. The new bus station on the corner of Thompsons Road and Kampman Street in Bulleen is the first part of the Eastern Express Busway – Melbourne's first dedicated busway from Doncaster towards the city and features:
- parking for 370 cars
- bike storage
- pick-up and drop-off bays
- a 5000 square metre green roof.
NELP will plant two replacement trees for every tree removed during construction of the project.
A key objective for Council is to ensure that the loss of tree canopy and vegetation is minimised and mitigated. We're working closely with NELP to identify appropriate locations for early tree planting to occur to allow the new canopy to establish. Some early planting has already occurred across various locations in Manningham, including Katrina Reserve (Doncaster) and Finns Reserve (Lower Templestowe).
Council has planted more than 500 trees since 2022 within various reserves in Manningham on behalf of NELP. We will continue to support the early planting program.
River Red Gum, Bulleen
The historic 300 year old River Red Gum on Bridge Street in Bulleen is in close proximity to major North East Link works and must be protected. This tree is a local landmark, pre-dates European settlement and is an important example of our environmental heritage.
We will continue to regularly attend when works are being undertaken near the tree to ensure that appropriate mitigation measures are undertaken.
Air quality and noise
We are continuing to advocate to NELP and other State authorities to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to mitigate the air quality impacts of the project on the health and wellbeing of the local community.
We are also working closely with NELP to ensure that noise associated with construction is mitigated as far as practicable. Any noise emitting works that may exceed noise levels are also planned to occur either during the day or early in the night, as far as practicable. Affected residents are also notified prior to the works that noise may occur during a time period with a direct NELP contact provided to them to call where concerns are raised.