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Elsternwick Park Oval No.4

Elsternwick Park’s Oval 4 to remain unchanged 

Council is not proceeding with planned upgrades of sporting facilities at Elsternwick Park’s Oval 4, following further consideration of the project at the first meeting of Bayside’s new Council on 17 December 2020.

This project involved resurfacing the sportsground, improving drainage, installing lighting, and proposing to build a basic pavilion.

The existing sportsground will continue to be shared by the whole community, including as a much-loved off-leash dog walking area. Community cricket will continue to be played year-round on Oval 4, while local schools will use the oval mid-week, and it will be used for pre-season training for winter sports. 

Council will continue to listen to the community to ensure our open spaces meet their varied recreation needs, and investigate alternative ways to meet the high demand for sporting facilities. 

Remaining project funds will be reallocated to suitable community projects, such as investigating a warm water pool, as part of Council’s 2021–22 budget development process.

For more information about this decision, please see the meeting minutes, or a recording of the meeting will be available here

Council’s decision to place these works on hold following the recent Local Government election was designed to provide new Councillors with an opportunity to consider the project, and minimise disruption to the community and any financial penalties if the project was cancelled or its scope amended after construction works commenced as scheduled in November 2020.

Contracts relating to this project will now be cancelled in accordance with legal requirements and obligations. All negotiations and monetary figures are commercial in confidence and cannot be shared with members of the public. 

Project information will remain archived on this webpage for background information only.

Oval 4 is a popular recreation space for the whole local community: it’s used regularly as a sportsground by a variety of local clubs and schools, as well as a much loved off-leash dog walking area.

Community cricket is played in summer and winter, while local schools use the oval mid-week throughout the year. Improving the facilities and grounds will enable sport to be played during winter and increase the safety and enjoyment of all recreational activities.

We’re improving sports facilities at Oval 4 in Elsternwick Park South by resurfacing the sportsground, improving drainage, installing lighting, and proposing to build a basic pavilion. To preserve the open feel of the space, there will be no permanent fencing around Oval 4.

The proposed works at Elsternwick Park Oval 4 is part of Council’s commitment to facilities at Bayside sportsgrounds. The proposed new pavilion will also provide public toilets for visitors to the park.

There are no plans to formalise Oval 3 for competitive sports, or change its current use in any way.

What’s happening on Oval 4?

Elsternwick Park is a significant park in Bayside’s north, providing valuable open space and recreational facilities for residents and visitors.

Since 2016, Bayside City Council and partners including the State Government and local community sporting groups have invested more than $10 million in Elsternwick Park to protect the environment, improve facilities, and rejuvenate several sportsgrounds.

Key improvements include:

  • Creating an Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve masterplan to transform the former golf course into a regionally significant nature reserve
  • A new $6.4m pavilion and competition-grade reconstruction of Oval 1
  • New $2.4m pavilion, sportsground lighting system, new cricket net enclosure and reconstruction of Oval 2
  • Playground upgrades in Elsternwick Park south 
  • New public toilet in Elsternwick Park south 

Ovals 3 and 4 continue to be used year round for community cricket and were previously used for winter sport for many decades until the early 2000s. With women’s and junior participation in winter sports growing in Bayside1 and local sportsgrounds operating near capacity2, reviving Elsternwick Park Oval 4 for winter sports will help meet the growing demand for sporting ovals in Bayside.

Council has committed to retaining the valued informal nature of Oval No.3, also known as Lakeside Green.

Notes

  1. Winter sporting clubs in Bayside reported an increase of 66% in female participation in 2017. The growth in women’s sport is being driven by Australian Rules football with 2017 participation up 166 per cent on the previous year. Women’s soccer has grown on average 10% annually since 2009.
  2. In 2017, Bayside City Council had 45 ovals in 26 reserves operating at 99% capacity. The recommended hours of use of sportsgrounds in Bayside is 25 hours per week. 99% refers to the average structured use across all sportsgrounds up to the 25 hours. Some ovals have significantly higher use and those without sportsground lighting or under restricted use due to poor condition or recent reconstruction have lower levels of use.
 

Council conducted extensive community consultation on formalising both Ovals 3 and 4 between June and August 2018. Consultation was face-to-face at five drop-in sessions in the park and online via council’s Have Your Say page, which recorded more than 1,000 responses.

Online consultation revealed that 54% of respondents were in favour of the proposal to formalise both ovals and highlighted the divergent interests of regular visitors to the public recreational space.

Results from drop-in information sessions were strongly opposed to the proposal. Two petitions were also received: one in favour; one against.

Acknowledging community sentiment, in September 2018, Council resolved to formalise sports facilities at Oval 4 and leave Oval 3 unchanged. The plans for Oval 4 reflect Council’s aim to achieve a balance between informal recreation, such as dog walking, while addressing a shortage of sportsgrounds and facilities in the north of the municipality.

More on the consultation process and Council’s decision.

Following a tender process, an architect has been appointed in June 2020 to design the pavilion. As the pavilion design progresses, the footprint and external images will also be uploaded to this project page. This is expected to be in November 2020. 

The proposed plans for a pavilion to service Oval 4 will require a planning permit pursuant to the Special Building Overlay (SBO) as it is subject to overland stormwater flooding controls. This planning process is exempt from public notification and review rights. For more information, you can download the planning advice document here (PDF, 487.11KB). Council will upload to this page consent from Melbourne Water, and relevant statutory permits obtained, when received.

Council will consult with New Street residents whose property boundary is within 120m of the proposed pavilion on the external appearance of the New Street-facing facade of the proposed pavilion. This will be limited to the opportunity to comment on a preferred exterior colour palette and/or design treatment from a limited number of options. Council will also provide these residents with the opportunity to comment on landscaping plans, when available. Council will invite the owners of these properties via registered mail to submit their comments on a preferred colour palette and/or design treatment from a limited number of options. This is expected to be in November 2020. The same process will be followed for the landscaping plans, when available. Council will not be consulting on the interior floor plan or pavilion façades which face into the reserve.

Formalising the sportsground for competitive sport to be played on Oval 4 will involve reconstructing the sportsground to incorporate improved drainage and irrigation, as well as surface shaping and turf improvements. A synthetic cricket wicket, similar to what already exists on Oval 4, will also be installed.

To balance the needs of all users of Elsternwick Park South, such as dog walkers, there will be NO permanent fencing or concrete spoon drain installed on Oval 4. Delineation of Oval 4 from surrounding recreational areas will be marked by a granitic sand perimeter path.

Ground and pavilion works will be staged, as much as possible, to minimise disruption to the community who enjoy the park.

A basic pavilion is proposed to be constructed to service Oval 4. This pavilion will include two female-friendly change rooms, umpire facilities, first-aid room, public toilet, storage and a kiosk with an undercover area for spectators.

The proposed pavilion will not be allocated as a home venue for any sports clubs or associations and will not include any internal social space or bar facilities. 

The north-east corner near New Street has been independently assessed as the most appropriate location for the proposed pavilion to minimise impact on the reserve’s open space. It will require a small access road to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements and allow emergency vehicle access, offers nearby connection to the sewerage and stormwater system, and is adjacent to existing parking bays on New Street. 

Alternative locations, including the south-west corner of Oval 4 near existing infrastructure, were considered by an expert consultant as part of a pavilion location study. This study demonstrated that the south-west corner was not a suitable location because it would require removal of several significant native river red gums; a much longer access road would need to be constructed through the centre of the reserve; and significant ground works to connect the pavilion to distant sewerage, stormwater and electrical services would disturb a large area of the reserve. Taking all factors into consideration, the north-east corner has been determined by Council as the most suitable location for a pavilion to service Oval 4. For more information about the pavilion location, please download the pavilion location feasibility study (PDF, 3.86MB). 

Following a tender process, an architect has been appointed in June 2020 to design the pavilion. 

This webpage was updated on 12 August 2020 to reflect advice received by Council regarding the planning permit requirements for a pavilion to service Oval 4. This webpage previously stated that members of the community will have the opportunity to make formal submissions to the plans for Oval 4 in November 2020, which Council has been advised is not required, as it is consistent with the current use of the land for recreation.

The proposed plans for a pavilion to service Oval 4 will require a planning permit pursuant to the Special Building Overlay (SBO) as it is subject to overland stormwater flooding controls. This planning process is exempt from public notification and review rights. For more information, you can download the planning advice document here (PDF, 487.11KB). 

The map below is indicative of the proposed pavilion location only. Further details, including the design of the pavilion will be shared with the community when the design is completed.

Elsternwick Park Oval 4 pavilion location

The use of sportsground lighting is needed to facilitate sports use of Oval 4 in winter. Lighting will only be in use until 9pm on weekdays only.

Four contemporary lighting poles will be installed to minimise glare and light spill into private property and to limit disturbance to native wildlife. The lights will be 100 Lux to meet Australian Standards for Australian Rules football training.

The community can view similar lighting system at Holmes Todd Oval (formally Elsternwick Park Oval 2).

The lighting plan, including a diagram of lighting spill, is available here (PDF, 659.74KB). The plan shows that light spill at the New Street property boundaries is approximately 0.5 lux, which is considered to be less than standard street lighting. Australian Standards for sportsground lighting allow an intrusive spill lighting level of up to 10 lux.

Council envisages that lighting Oval 4 in the early evening will also improve safety for other recreational users of the park, such as dog walkers.

Lighting plan Elsternwick Park Oval 4

 

 

Community cricket is played year-round on Oval 4, while local schools use the oval mid-week, and it's used for pre-season training for winter sports. 

There will be no tenant sports club based at Oval 4; the sportsground will continue to be shared by the whole community. The site may also be used for overflow, scheduling clashes, school sport and be temporarily available for clubs whose sportsground or pavilion is under construction.

This site plan shows the preferred position of the proposed pavilion to service Oval 4. An architect was appointed to design the pavilion in June 2020. As the pavilion design progresses, the footprint and external images will also be uploaded to this project page. This is expected to be in November 2020. The sportsground lighting plans are available to view here (PDF, 659.74KB).

This webpage was updated on 12 August 2020 to reflect advice received by Council regarding the planning permit requirements for a pavilion to service Oval 4. This webpage previously stated that members of the community will have the opportunity to make formal submissions to the plans for Oval 4 in November 2020, which Council has been advised is not required, as it is consistent with the current use of the land for recreation.

The proposed plans for a pavilion to service Oval 4 will require a planning permit pursuant to the Special Building Overlay (SBO) as it is subject to overland stormwater flooding controls. This planning process is exempt from public notification and review rights. For more information, you can download the planning advice document here (PDF, 487.11KB). Council will upload to this page consent from Melbourne Water, and relevant statutory permits obtained, when received.

Elsternwick Park Oval 4 pavilion location

 

 

  • February – May 2020 – Due dilligence site investigations
  • June 2020 – Architect appointed to design pavilion
  • July 2020 – Preferred location of the proposed pavilion determined and communicated to community
  • November 2020 – Ground works scheduled to commence with temporary fencing erected around Oval 4
  • 17 December 2020 - Council resolves not to proceed with planned upgrade works for Oval 4