20 Jan 2023 Media Release

First look at new soccer facilities for Bulleen

The Andrews Labor Government has released designs for new soccer facilities at Templestowe Road that will benefit Bulleen residents and hundreds of local soccer players, as part of North East Link Program’s ongoing investment in local sport.

The new sports precinct will feature three soccer fields, including one synthetic pitch, as well as a pavilion with inclusive facilities for all ages and genders, a 176-space car park, and pedestrian and cycling connections to the Yarra River.

Development Victoria will manage the delivery of the project at 27-59 Templestowe Road, the site of the former Bulleen Golf Driving Range, with 2Construct selected as construction contractor while Manningham Council will manage usage of the new facilities by local clubs and the broader community.

Construction will begin in early 2023, with the soccer fields expected to be ready for play in 2024, to help ensure local sports clubs continue to thrive while significant North East Link construction is underway at Bulleen Park.

The new Templestowe Road facilities are in addition to an initial $68 million investment by North East Link Program into local sports upgrades, which has already provided upgrades across Melbourne’s northeast including at Ford Park, Binnak Park, and Veneto Club.

Construction is underway at Bulleen Park and sites along Bulleen Road, where a section of the road is being moved further west to make way for construction of the Yarra Link Green Bridge and the major interchange connecting an upgraded Eastern Freeway with the North East Link tunnels.

Nearby the new Bulleen Park & Ride is also progressing with buses to be running in 2023.

The project will fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network, overhaul the Eastern Freeway, build Melbourne’s first dedicated busway, complete the Ring Road at Greensborough, and build a North East Trail with more than 34 kilometres of walking and cycling paths.

North East Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments and is set to open in 2028.

Quote attributable to Member for North Eastern Metropolitan Region Sonja Terpstra

 “We’re thrilled to continue our ongoing investment in the communities in Melbourne’s north east as part of North East Link Program – we will continue to work with the local community as construction on these facilities get underway in 2023.”

“We’re building these facilities to keep local sports thriving as we deliver the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network – to slash travel times and get thousands of trucks off local roads.”