Flemington Hub & Debneys Park

Published: 17 Oct 2021

A diverse, multi-generational meeting place for the community: Flemington hub takes shape

Outdoor netball courtsThe Moonee Valley City Council has committed $21.94 million to the construction of the Flemington hub.

In addition, a $5 million grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, which supports local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting organisations to fast-track community sports infrastructure projects state-wide, is contributing to updating Debneys Park facilities.

The hub will be a vibrant, welcoming, flexible centre, with activity rooms, family facilities, consulting rooms, a change room and recreational facilities; as well as spaces to meet friends.

It will bring together Flemington’s diverse, multi-generational community.

An important focal point for the neighbourhood, the hub will deliver social, wellbeing and economic development opportunities and address an increasing need in Flemington for spaces for classes, programs, training and community events.

Debneys Park

As well as new outdoor basketball and netball courts, Debneys Park will get new lighting, new cricket nets, two new soccer pitches and a new cricket pitch.

Temporary facilities will also be established on-site for the duration of the works to ensure council’s Welcoming Neighbourhoods team can continue delivering key services to the community.

Welcoming Neighbourhoods team

The Welcoming Neighbourhoods team works with community members to support Moonee Valley’s 13 neighbourhoods to prosper. It delivers programs and services to support and enhance the resilience, connection and health of the community, particularly with high priority communities and areas of high disadvantage.

Flemington Hub

The new hub – which has taken in extensive public feedback to ensure it meets the needs of the community – will replace the ageing Flemington Community Centre and Debneys Park Sports Pavilion.

Located adjacent to the existing carpark between the current Flemington Community Centre and the Debneys Park Pavilion, it will include places to gather, learn and play with classrooms and activity rooms, a community hall and community lounge, alongside female friendly change facilities, a first aid room, umpire’s room, canteen and social rooms.

Designed to be fully operational by 2023, there will also be spaces for children, youth and older people with an aim to design a welcoming, respectful place for the diverse communities and cultures of inner Melbourne.

An architect’s view: celebrating Flemington’s diverse community spirit

The Flemington Hub is being brought to life by architecture firm Croxon Ramsay.

“What excites me about the Flemington Community Hub is the urban context and diverse communities,” says architect Catherine Ramsay. “We have both long-term residents and new residents to the area. We want to create a hub where the whole community feels welcome. A lounge room, a backyard and a place to meet friends.

“It is about providing spaces where people can meet, sit, talk, read and create. We see the forms and materials of our buildings as being integral to creating that feeling.”

Environmentally sustainable design underpins the firm’s approach, Catherine adds. “An integrated design that fulfils the spatial and user requirements, while providing an environmentally sustainable outcome is important to the success of the hub.”

Rollout schedule

Construction will be in three stages.

Stage 1 (March 2021 – mid-2021)

Stage 1 as seen the Flemington Pop-Up installed as a temporary hub for key programs and services from Flemington Community Centre which has served the community for over 60 years. The old centre has been demolished.

Stage 2 (mid-2021 to early 2022)

Stage 2 involves construction of outdoor basketball/netball courts, cricket nets and sports field redevelopment. As a result of these works, the Debneys Park sports field and Flemington Community Centre carpark will be closed.

Stage 3 (late 2021 to 2023)

Stage 3 will focus on construction of the new Flemington Hub. Following these works, the area surrounding the new hub and the Flemington Community Centre carpark will be closed.

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