Corben Oval electrical and pavilion upgrades

Project status

Image of project timeline. Pavilion roof repairs March 2023. Planning and assessment for electrical works mid 2023-early 2024. Procurement for electrical works late 2023 - early 2024. Electrical works start early 2024. 

The project timeline is subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, and environmental and cultural heritage assessments. It will be updated as the project progresses.

 

  • A Cultural Heritage Management Plan has been issued and the Heritage Consent application is being prepared.
  • Parks Victoria is currently seeking quotes to deliver civil works that will provide the access and infrastructure needed for the high voltage electrical works.
  • Read an update on the project progress here
  • Works to repair the pavilion roof, upgrade the building’s stormwater drainage and install a drinking fountain were completed in March 2023.

Last updated: February 2024

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The project

Corben Oval is a sporting oval located in Yarra Bend Park in Fairfield on Wurundjeri Country. The oval is used by local school sports teams and local soccer, football and cricket clubs for practice and competition sport. The pavilion next to the oval provides changerooms for the sporting groups and a public toilet for visitors to the reserve.

Due to a significant fault in the electrical power supply line, the power has been disconnected at Corben Oval in Yarra Bend Park since 2019. As a result, the pavilion, toilet block, lighting and barbecues in the Loop Picnic Area can’t currently be used. 

A project is now underway to install a new power connection along Yarra Bend Road and upgrade the Corben Oval Pavilion, which will bring life back to the facilities for visitors and sports users. 

We have consulted with local sporting groups to get their input on what changes they’d like to see to the pavilion.


The project involves:

  • Installing high voltage power supply on the opposite side of Yarra Bend Road to the Golf Course Building
  • Connecting low voltage power to Corben Oval which will service the pavilion, toilet block and Loop Picnic Area barbecues and facilities
  • renovating components of the pavilion so it can be reopened to the public and local sporting groups

 

These upgrades will allow more people to enjoy exercise, sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends at Yarra Bend Park.

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform exactly where, when and how components of this project are delivered.


Project benefits

Visitors

Park Visitors will be able to again enjoy the barbecue facilities and toilets while visiting the Loop Picnic Area. 

Community 

Local cricket clubs, football clubs and schools will enjoy use of an improved sporting pavilion and facilities during practice, matches and tournaments.

Economy

The addition of power to the site and the upgrades to the pavilion will allow for activity and events at the park beyond the existing sporting uses. 


Project funding

The Victorian Government has invested $1.6 million for this project. 


Environment and cultural heritage management

Wherever possible we will use existing infrastructure to limit environmental impacts on this project.

We will work with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to develop and complete a Cultural Heritage Management Plan to ensure the Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the site are protected. 

Yarra Bend Park is also included on the Victorian Heritage Register and is afforded protection under the Heritage Act (2017). With Heritage Victoria’s approval, archaeologists and heritage advisors have surveyed the alignment, informed the design and specification, and put mitigation measures in place to ensure the heritage values of the site are protected.

 

Project safety:

We will undertake risk and safety assessments to ensure the project will be completed safely, and any areas where construction is taking place will be clearly signed and fenced off to restrict public access to the worksite. 


Who are we working with?

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action  

 

Access changes

There are currently no access changes expected to Corben Oval, however there may be some areas with restricted access when construction starts.

  

Related information

Project update: Plans progressing for Corben Oval electrical upgrades (December 2023)
Media release: Supporting sports at Yarra Bend Park (April 2023)
Media release: Yarra Bend’s Corben Oval set for million-dollar upgrade (December 2021)

 

FAQs

What upgrades are being made to the pavilion?

Stage 1 of the pavilion renovations include repairing the roof, upgrading the building’s stormwater drainage and installing a drinking fountain for users of the oval. The scope of further works will be determined once the scope and cost of the additional permits and low and high electrical works have been confirmed. 

 

When will the pavilion be upgraded?

Works to repair the pavilion roof, upgrade the building’s stormwater drainage and install a drinking fountain were completed in March 2023. The timeline for further works will be determined once the scope and cost of the additional permits and low and high electrical works have been confirmed.  

 

What works are planned to upgrade the electricity at the site? 

Due to a significant fault in the electrical power supply line, the power has been disconnected at Corben Oval in Yarra Bend Park since 2019. As a result, the pavilion, toilet block, lighting and barbecues in the Loop Picnic Area can’t currently be used. This project will install a new power connection along Yarra Bend Road and to the pavilion, which will bring life back to the facilities for visitors and sports users.

 

Is solar power an option?

The power will need to supply an underground pump station that collects wastewater from the public toilet block.  We explored the option of solar but found it was not possible based on availability of a system capable of generating and storing sufficient power for operation of the existing sewer pumps feeding onto the pressurised sewer main.

 

How can I stay updated about this project? 

We will update this project page regularly, and you can also sign up to receive updates about projects happening in Yarra Bend Park here. If you have specific questions about the project, you can email the team at engage@parks.vic.gov.au or call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963. 

 

 

 


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