Sport and recreation strategies and plans

Melton City Council continuously develops a range of strategic documents to guide the future planning, development and growth of Sport and Recreation within the city.

Key strategic documents are listed below:

City of Melton Soccer Strategy 2020

Contractor: Otium Planning Group

Project Background

The City of Melton Soccer Strategy 2020 was endorsed by Council at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on 14 September 2020.  The strategy is recognised as an important piece of work, providing a guide to the future planning, development and growth of the world game in our city.

Key principals

With such municipal growth, a detailed analysis of the long-term soccer participation requirements was needed to guide the future planning and development of soccer facilities across the municipality for the next 10 years. 

The Strategy focuses on the facilities and infrastructure required to play the game and responds to issues and opportunities facing the sport within the City of Melton. 

An extensive background research, site review and engagement process was conducted including interviews with all current City of Melton soccer clubs and Football Victoria. 

The City of Melton Soccer Strategy 2020 summarises the findings of all research and engagement and outlines:

  • Strategic vision and recommendations
  • a prioritised implementation plan for the delivery of soccer facilities in the short (0 to 5 years), medium (6 to 10 years) and long term (10+ years)
  • a sustainable planning framework or road map for the delivery of soccer facilities and creation of soccer clubs for short term recommendations
  • a governance framework identifying the roles and responsibilities of strategy partners

Next steps

Recommendations have been designed to provide sport, government and community stakeholders with a schedule of prioritised improvements, along with stakeholder responsibilities, estimated costs and potential funding opportunities.

It should be acknowledged that priorities can change and are based on funding availability. The presentation of new or unknown opportunities or changes in community demands can also alter priorities.

Related Information

Download the Melton Soccer Strategy Summary Report(PDF, 5MB)

For further information contact our Recreation team on 9747 7200 or email: recreation@melton.vic.gov.au.

Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan

Project Background

The Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve is highly valued by the local community and is presently the Diggers Rest townships sole recreational facility, servicing a range of sport, recreation and community groups.

In April 2017, Council commenced the development of a Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan to demonstrate a planned, staged and agreed vision for the site.

Key principles

In developing an updated Master Plan, Council was able to identify future reserve development opportunities that are designed to address the current and future sporting club and community needs of Diggers Rest, as well as increasing activation of the reserve.

Five key master plan themes underpin the design direction of the Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve -

  1. Facilities – provide fit for purpose community infrastructure and social amenities to support our growing and diverse community.
  2. Accessibility and site connectivity - Improve site attractiveness, safety, accessibility and connectivity in order to attract more visitation to the reserve.
  3. Community infrastructure and social amenity – provide infrastructure to support passive and informal recreational pursuits.
  4. Sports field provision and suitability – provide fit for purpose sporting infrastructure to meet the training and competition requirements for local level sport.
  5. Reserve and Facility Management - Maximise the opportunity for co-location and shared-use of facilities.

Next steps

The Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan provides a set of future directions and recommendations for approximately 36 separate but interconnected improvement projects for the reserve.

Recommendations have been designed to provide sport, government and community stakeholders with a schedule of prioritised Reserve improvements, along with stakeholder responsibilities, estimated costs and potential funding opportunities.

The adoption of the Master Plan will provide a sound base for Council and the community to lobby the state and federal governments for funding assistance for proposed works.

It should be acknowledged that priorities can change and are based on funding availability. The presentation of new or unknown opportunities or changes in community demands can also alter priorities.

Related Information

Download the Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan(PDF, 4MB).

For further information contact our Recreation team on 9747 7200 or email: recreation@melton.vic.gov.au.

MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve Future Directions Paper

Project Background

MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve is Councils principal recreational facility, servicing community sporting clubs and groups from the local and broader region.

In April 2017, Council commenced the development of a MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve Future Directions Paper, inclusive of updated Master Plan to demonstrate a planned, staged and agreed vision for the site. 

Key principles

Three key principles underpin the design direction of MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve - 

  1. Maximise the opportunity for co-location and shared-use of pavilions and sporting facilities that are fit for purpose.
  2. Improve site attractiveness, safety, accessibility and connectivity in order to attract more visitation to the reserve.
  3. Enhance the amenity and attractiveness of the reserve for non-sport uses, whilst not detracting from the quality and functionality of the sporting areas.

Next steps

The MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve Future Directions Paper provides a set of directions and recommendations for approximately 50 separate but interconnected improvement projects for the reserve.

Recommendations have been designed to provide sport, government and community stakeholders with a schedule of prioritised Reserve improvements, along with stakeholder responsibilities, estimated costs and potential funding opportunities.

The adoption of the Future Directions Paper will provide a sound base for Council and the community to lobby the state and federal governments for funding assistance for proposed works.

It should be acknowledged that priorities can change and are based on funding availability. The presentation of new or unknown opportunities or changes in community demands can also alter priorities. 

Related Information

Download the MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve Future Directions Paper(PDF, 5MB) .

For further information contact our Recreation team on 9747 7200 or email: recreation@melton.vic.gov.au.

For further information contact our Recreation team on 9747 7200 or email: recreation@melton.vic.gov.au.