Have Your Say: Sports Capacity Plan

Participation in sport across the Mornington Peninsula Shire has grown rapidly in recent years, particularly female and junior involvement in field-based sports such as Soccer and Australian Rules Football.

The result of this increase in participation has led to many sports fields in the Shire being used either at, or in excess of their capacity.

The Sports Capacity Plan Volume 1 – Sports Fields will provide Council with a framework to optimise use of existing sports fields and a plan for future growth and demand in field-based sports across the Shire.

It will guide the upgrade and renewal of existing field-based sporting facilities and inform the development of new ones.

The Plan recognises a broad range of projects ranging from development of new green field sites through to drainage, irrigation and lighting upgrade projects.

Areas where sports fields are nearing capacity are largely in the northern area of the Shire and at various other townships experiencing population growth. The draft Plan also distinguishes areas in the Shire that will grow in the future and makes recommendations about the future needs for these areas.

The draft Sports Capacity Plan Volume 1 recommends the development and enhancement of facilities across the eight field-based sports to meet the current and future needs for the community, including:

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Hockey
  • Rugby. 

The Shire’s long-term goal is to expand the Sports Capacity Plan to encompass indoor sports (Volume 2) and non-field-based sports (Volume 3).

This Plan, will deliver on the Shire’s commitment, as set out in the Council Plan 2017-21, to encourage increased participation in active and passive recreation. It also supports the Shire in developing programs and facilities, in conjunction with sporting club and community partners, to provide access to a range of active sports and passive recreation opportunities.

For a more abbreviated version of the draft Sports Capacity Plan Volume 1 – Sports Fields we encourage you to read Our Game Plan. This Executive Summary document features all the highlights and recommendations of the draft Plan in a more condensed format. 

Abbreviated report 

Download: Our Game Plan(PDF, 9MB)


Download: Sports Facility Development Standards(PDF, 421KB)

Full report

Download: Draft Sports Capacity Plan Volume 1 - Sports Fields with appendices 1 - 4(PDF, 4MB)

Download: Appendix 5: Sports Capacity Plan Sports Reserve Facility Audit(PDF, 7MB)

Download: Appendix 6: Sports Capacity Plan Sports Field Condition Audit(PDF, 5MB)

Have your say

Community consultation is currently open until Friday 29 March

Submit an online survey:

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Drop in sessions

Wednesday 6 March, 7pm to 9pm
Mornington Office – Council Chambers

Thursday 7 March, 7pm to 9pm
Rosebud Office – Paperbark Meeting Room

Thursday 14 March, 7pm to 9pm
Hastings Office – Kings Meeting Room

Email: Email your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘Sports Capacity Plan’.
 Post: Attention: Sport and Recreation team, Re: Sports Capacity Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

In person: Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.


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