* It's time to restore the VFA name.
Saw this on the Port Phillip Council website today under Latest News. The media release is not dated:
North Port Oval Redevelopment
The City of Port Phillip, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Football Victoria, Department for Victorian Communities and the Port Melbourne Football Club are combining resources to redevelop North Port Oval, corner Williamstown Rd and Ingles St, Port Melbourne.
Council has agreed in principle to commit $1.7M towards the project, providing a range of community benefits and objectives are achieved including:
Renewal of the Goss Grandstand and retention of it's heritage values
Provide for future sustainability of both Port Melbourne Football Club and Port Melbourne Cricket Club
Develop and improve Club rooms and player change facilities in a manner consistent with AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines 2006
Increase use and accessibility by the public through improving both visual and physical permeability from the public realm into the venue, thereby increasing the attractiveness of the reserve as a public open space
Increase access to the facilities and expand the services at the ground for example by providing infrastructure that encourages greater use of the venue by the community and increased physical activity opportunities (eg: consideration to a playground facility, consideration for use by athletics and/or local schools etc)
Promote connection and exchange between the Club and the existing local community by increasing opportunities for residents to meet and interact at the ground and in club activities
In addition to Council's contribution of $1.7M, the following has been committed by partnering stakeholders:
Sport and Recreation Victoria - $1M
Football Victoria - $500,000
Port Melbourne Football Club - $1.5M
Department for Victorian Communities - $1M
Current Project Status:
Undertaking soil assessment and concept design due for completion by the end of April 2009.
Architectural tender and Detailed Design Development due October 2009.
As part of the management process, a project steering committee has been formed comprising of members from the Port Melbourne Football Club, Football Victoria, City of Port Phillip, Stratcorp Consulting and Department for Victorian Communities.
Community consultation will take place as the project progresses.
For enquiries please contact Ian Hicks, Manager Culture & Recreation via ASSIST on 9209 6777.
The playground concept seems a little weird if its going to become a football center for excellence as Football Vic want them to become.. But the Doggies are building a childcare center, so I suppose its not unreasonable.
Is the idea to parents along to the ground to watch the footy while their kids run riot on the swings etc?
No mention of a sportsclub style facility or a replacement scoreboard in that release either.
Good to see that the money is being spent to upgrade the venue, and kudos to Port Melbourne FC for putting up a cool $1.5 million for the project. The improvement to training/changing facilities is long overdue, however I'm surprised that there is no mention to improving lighting facilities. If the VFL is to continue with night matches, I would've thought this was an attractive venue.
I'm not really sure how much use, purpose or suitability there is in having playground facilities.
That said, I'd love to know what this means:
"â€¢ Provide for future sustainability of both Port Melbourne Football Club and Port Melbourne Cricket Club"
"â€¢ Increase use and accessibility by the public through improving both visual and physical permeability from the public realm into the venue, thereby increasing the attractiveness of the reserve as a public open space"
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