Deep Rock Pavilion upgrades
- Planning is underway to develop the designs for the pavilion upgrades.
- We have spoken with the sporting clubs who use the pavilion and surrounding grounds, to find out how the facilities are used, and what upgrades they would like to see as part of this project. Read more about this here, or view the full engagement summary report (PDF).
- We are now appointing an architect to develop plans for the upgrade. We will present these plans to the community as the design develops.
Last updated: November 2023
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This project is being delivered on Wurundjeri Country.
The Deep Rock Sporting Precinct is located in Yarra Bend Park, on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. It includes the Sir Herbert Olney Oval, the Deep Rock Pavilion and surrounding sports fields.
The Victorian Government is investing $1 million to create more inclusive facilities at the pavilion, with plans to deliver more modern, accessible, and female-friendly toilets and change rooms.
Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform exactly where, when and how components of the project are delivered.
Women and girls will have more opportunities to participate in community sport, by providing female-friendly facilities such as showers, toilets and change rooms.
Sporting clubs who currently use the pavilion will have access to more modern and accessible facilities.
The Victorian Government is investing $1 million as part of the Better Parks and Playgrounds Program to upgrade the pavilion at Deep Rock Oval in Yarra Bend Park.
Environment and cultural heritage management
Yarra Bend Park is a significant place for the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. The park also has historical significance that needs to be preserved.
We will work with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in the planning of the upgrades, to develop a Cultural Heritage Management Plan or to obtain a Cultural Heritage Permit if required. We will also work with Heritage Victoria and Council to obtain any permits required to undertake works to the pavilion.
Who are we working with?
Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
Key stakeholders, including local sporting groups
At stages during this project we may need to restrict or redirect access to certain sections of the Deep Rock Sporting Precinct. 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 also check the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website for any change of conditions.
- October 2023: More inclusive facilities on the way for Deep Rock Pavilion
- October 2023: Engagement summary report stage 1 (PDF)
- Media release, October 2022: More inclusive facilities for Northcote
- Better Parks and Playgrounds Program
- Yarra Bend Park
What is the Deep Rock Pavilion upgrades project?
The Victorian Government is investing $1 million to upgrade the pavilion at Deep Rock Oval at Yarra Bend Park on Wurundjeri Country.
What is being upgraded as part of the project?
The upgrades will provide modern, accessible, female friendly facilities such as changerooms, showers and toilets.
What community consultation is taking place?
The first round of consultation with local sports clubs was completed in September 2023. Feedback will be used to inform what works are included in the project, and how the internal layout of the pavilion is designed. You can read the engagement summary report here (PDF). We will continue to keep the community informed on the designs and seek further feedback as the design are developed.
Will there be any impact on the sport clubs, players or general public during the works?
During the upgrades access to the pavilion will be impacted. We will work with sport clubs to minimise any disruptions. Any access changes will be published on the Parks Victoria website.
How are you protecting the site’s cultural heritage?
We will work with Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation on the planning of the works to develop a Cultural Heritage Management Plan or to obtain a Cultural Heritage Permit if required. We will also work with Heritage Victoria and Council to obtain any permits required to undertake works to the pavilion.
When will the pavilion upgrades be finished?
Cultural, statutory, heritage and environmental assessments guide exactly what, where and when we can deliver, and sometimes timelines are impacted by on-ground and industry conditions. Delivery timeframes will be updated once approvals, requirements and conditions are fully understood.