Project status

January 2023

  • Tenders have been sought to construct the upgraded netball and cricket facilities at Olinda Recreation Reserve.


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The project

This project is being delivered on Wurundjeri Country. 

The former Olinda Golf Course is located in the Dandenong Ranges, between the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and R. J. Hamer Arboretum, 50 kilometres east of Melbourne.

The Olinda Precinct Plan was developed in consultation with the community, with the aim of transforming the site into a 34-hectare open-space site for recreation.

We’re now delivering the Olinda Precinct Plan to provide more opportunities for the community to connect with nature and make the most of this fantastic location.

Stage one of the Olinda Precinct Project is providing more opportunities for visitors to get active in nature, and is being delivered in sections:

Nature-based playscape (completed July 2019)
Designed for children and families of all ages and abilities, a new nature-based playscape was completed in July 2019, along with new barbecues, picnic facilities, shelters, seating and a new toilet block. A dedicated dog-off lead area and a series of walking trails were also constructed.

Sporting oval and Olinda Green (completed June 2020)
A flat open grass area with walking paths, suitable for a market, events space and other recreation was completed in June 2020.
 
Netball and cricket facility upgrades (procurement in progress) 
Plans are in motion to refurbish the existing netball court and build an additional netball court within the Olinda Recreation Reserve. The existing cricket nets will also be refurbished.
 

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

 

Photo of the space where upgrades will be made as part of the Olinda Precinct project.

Pictured above: Olinda Recreation Reserve, where the netball and cricket facility upgrades will be delivered.

Pictured above: The new all-abilities nature-based playscape at the Olinda Precinct, completed in 2019. 

Playscape at the Olinda Precinct in the Dandenong Ranges.

Pictured above: The new all-abilities nature-based playscape at the Olinda Precinct, completed in 2019. 

 

Project benefits

Visitors

Visitors to the Olinda Precinct and Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden will have more opportunities to participate in community sport, connect with nature, and enjoy time in the park with friends and family of all ages and abilities.

Environment

The projects being undertaken at the Olinda Precinct will ensure native vegetation is maintained. Sports users will benefit from shade from the surrounding trees and the aesthetic of the natural environment around them during practice and games.

Community 

Three phases of community consultation were undertaken during the development of the Olinda Precinct Plan and we’re now delivering on what we heard from the community through this process.

The new facilities at the Olinda Precinct aim to provide more opportunities for people to get active in nature through community sport and a place for families and friends to meet, play, picnic and connect to the natural surroundings in beautiful Olinda.


Project funding

The Victorian Government has invested $7.67 million to deliver the stage one works at the Olinda Precinct. 

 

Project timeline

Subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, below is the estimated timeline for the delivery of the netball and cricket facility upgrades:

  • Mid 2022: Tender open for construction contract 
  • Early 2023: Appointment of construction contractor 
  • Early 2023: Works commence 
  • Late 2023: Works complete 

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform exactly where, when and how components of the project are delivered. This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.

 

Environment and cultural heritage management

Parks Victoria have an approved Cultural Heritage Contingency Plan issued via our Managing Country Together Team, to ensure that any Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed carefully and appropriately if discovered during works.


Who are we working with?

Sport and Recreation Victoria 
Yarra Ranges Council 

 

Access changes

There are currently no access changes to the Olinda Precinct in relation to this project. We’ll update this page and on-site signage to inform visitors of any access changes that may come into effect.

Before visiting any park you should check the relevant park page for any Change of Conditions. 

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FAQs

What works are being completed as part of the Olinda Precinct Stage 1 project? 

We are refurbishing the existing netball court and building an additional netball court within the Olinda Recreation Reserve. The existing cricket nets will also be refurbished.

In 2019, an all-abilities nature-based playscape was completed, along with new barbecues, picnic facilities, shelters, seating and a new toilet block. A dedicated dog-off lead area and a series of walking trails were also constructed. 

In 2020, a sporting oval and Olinda Green were completed, featuring a flat open grass area with walking paths, suitable for a market, events space and other recreation. 

Why are you upgrading the netball and cricket facilities at the Olinda Recreation Reserve? 

We're delivering new and refurbished netball courts and cricket nets at the Olinda Recreation Reserve, to upgrade the existing facilities and provide more opportunities for the community to connect, get active and participate in sport. 

Will the construction of the new netball court and cricket net refurbishment have an impact on the netball, cricket or football competition seasons in 2022 and 2023?

We are working closely with Yarra Ranges Council to ensure impacts (if any) to the sporting calendar are kept to a minimum. We will work with Yarra Ranges Council to communicate with local sporting groups about any potential impacts.  

How many cricket nets will be available once construction is complete? 

There will be three or four public practice wickets. 

What other works are happening as part of the implementation of the Olinda Precinct Plan?

There are a number of exciting works completed and planned to uplift the Olinda Precinct, including:

  • Olinda Precinct Stage 2: Stage two will include further improvements to the site and visitor experience, including better carparking, drainage, access pathways and replacing the former golf clubhouse with a new food and beverage offering and new toilets. Find out more about these works.
  • Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda 
    Phillip Johnson’s re-creation of the Chelsea Flower Show award-winning ‘Australian Garden’ exhibit is coming to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden. The new garden is 20 times the size of the original Chelsea Flower Show build, converting a section of the former Olinda Golf Course into a stunning botanic garden, supporting biodiversity and habitat creation for native plants and wildlife. Find out more

How can I stay up-to-date with project progress? 

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Who can I contact for more information?  

If you have questions or want to learn more about a project, you can call the Parks Victoria team on 13 19 63 or email us at engage@parks.vic.gov.au.   

 

 

 


 

 

 

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