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Some bloke with grey hair was talking about it in the crowd on Sunday standing behind me.

 


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Hopefully part of the works to the ground will shift the Cricket practice wickets part-way off the ground, similar to whats in place at the Junction Oval.

 


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Has any work started yet?
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Nope. not yet Practice wickets were pretty dicey today too :)

 


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Sounds like the redevelopment could still be quite some time away.

 


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Thought I'd move the Port redevelopment article into this thread instead: [quote]TEAC Oval will receive an extensive upgrade as part of a $10 million boost for VFL grounds announced in the 2008-09 State Budget on Tuesday. The $10 million package for eight VFL grounds includes $3 million for Williamstown’s historic Burbank Oval, $2.5 million for a new Craigieburn oval, $1.4 million for the Northern Bullants’ Preston City Oval and $1 million for TEAC Oval in Port Melbourne. Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said “The Brumby Labor Government understands that supporting grassroots sport is one of the keys to building stronger and more liveable communities across the state”. “Australian Rules Football is a way of life in Victoria and this funding will help to support the future of the VFL competition and reaffirm our reputation as the premier state football competition,” he said. Welcoming the funding contained in Tuesday’s State Budget, State Labor Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said "The Port Melbourne Football Club facilities are due for their biggest makeover in its 120 years". The project is a partnership between the State Government, Port Melbourne Football Club, City of Port Phillip and the AFL. It will see a new facility built on the Ingles Street side of the ground that will open a new era for the Club. The change rooms will be completely redeveloped and a new administration headquarters built with new offices and community meeting rooms. A focus of the program will be to make TEAC Oval a home of accessible community based football and sport - not only for the Port Melbourne Football Club - but also to provide a key part of the AFL's community based program of premier sports grounds for younger footballers and community sport. Club President Peter Saultry said "This announcement today of the partnership between the State and Local Government, the AFL and the Port Melbourne Football Club is great news for the Club, its players, our supporters and the football loving community of Port Melbourne. It’s a vote of confidence in the Port Melbourne Football Club’s decision to continue as the VFL's number one stand alone club. We are the club with the proudest and most successful history - and now we will be the club with the best future." City of Port Phillip Deputy Mayor and Sandridge Ward Councillor Janet Bolitho said "This welcome contribution from the State will enable the Port Melbourne Football Club to build on its proud tradition at the heart of the Port Melbourne community. New facilities will encourage greater participation of young people and women and further open the doors of the club to the 'new' Port Melbourne. The City of Port Phillip looks forward to working with the club and the AFL on this exciting new chapter in the club's history." [/quote] Ingles Street is ridculously wide, so there is no reason why the new structure can't be pushed back shaving some of footpath and road outside the ground. I'd love to see something in place on that side of the ground that is high enough to add some extra lighting to the ground. I realise its not going to be the size of Bellerive Oval, but something at least twice the size of the Casey Fields stand would be required imo. Lets hope that a lot of the grassy areas at each end of the ground are maintained and the new development is slap-bang on the wing at the city side of the ground.

 


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Saw this on the Port Phillip Council website today under Latest News. The media release is not dated:

http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/north_port_development.html

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.
Future Steps:
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.

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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.

 


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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:

"• Provide for future sustainability of both Port Melbourne Football Club and Port Melbourne Cricket Club"

or this:

"• 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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