Sport facility upgrades start to prepare for the North East Link

Local sporting clubs are set to receive $68 million in upgrades as part of the works for the North East Link in Melbourne.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today announced works have started at Ford Park, Binnak Park, Veneto Club and Greensborough College, ensuring the new and upgraded facilities will be ready in time for the 2021 AFL season.

“As part of North East Link, we’re making a massive investment in local sports clubs so they can thrive during construction and in the years to come,” Allan said.

“We’re building these new facilities to keep the more than 20,000 people that rely on these grounds playing as we deliver Victoria’s biggest ever road project.”

North East Link’s sports ground upgrades will lay thirteen MCGs worth of new turf and create 450 jobs as part of the 10,000 jobs that Victoria’s biggest road infrastructure project will support.

In total six new pavilions will be built across the North East and major upgrades at 19 ground will give sporting clubs better grounds, increased lighting and female friendly facilites.

Major works taking place between September and November 2020 on the North East Link include the relocation of a 2.5 kilometre gas main, with night works taking place along Greensborough Road.

CPB contractors are expected to move about 100 above and underground services out of the way this year to make way for the North East Link.

The preferred team, design and construction timelines are expected to be announced later this year.


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