Optimising sports fields across the Peninsula

Published on 18 February 2019

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Participation in sport across the Mornington Peninsula 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 Mornington Peninsula Shire being used at or in excess of their capacity.

The draft 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.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the draft Plan will guide the upgrade and renewal of existing field-based sporting facilities and inform the development of new ones.

“It recognises a broad range of projects, from the development of new green field sites through to drainage, irrigation and lighting upgrade projects.

“We are inviting local community members and key stakeholders to engage with us regarding the Plan,” said Councillor Gill.

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
  • Rugby
  • Hockey.

“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.

Consultation opens Friday 15 February 2019 and closes 5pm Friday 29 March 2018.

For a detailed version please refer to The draft Sports Capacity Plan Volume 1 – Sports Fields, alternatively for an abbreviated version please read Our Game Plan. This Executive Summary document features all the highlights and recommendations of the draft Plan in a more condensed format.

How you can provide your thoughts on the Plan: 

To complete the survey and view the Plan and The Game Plan by visiting: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay.

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

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 your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘Sports Capacity Plan’.

Attention: Jo-Anne Elvish – Sport and Recreation 
Re: Sports Capacity Plan 
Mornington Peninsula Shire 
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

PHOTO DETAILS: taken at Emil Madsen Reserve

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