Be part of the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park

Debneys Park is much-loved by locals. Located in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse suburbs of Moonee Valley, a plan to develop a new community centre ato meet Flemington's future demands and to upgrade old buildings

The new Community Hub, built on Council land, will include

  • Flexible spaces include a hall and a range of multi-purpose rooms of different sizes
  • Display, exhibition and foyer space
  • Kitchen/café/kiosk
  • Training rooms
  • Art room (wet/dry space)
  • Offices
  • Storage spaces
  • children’s room
  • Consultation suites
  • Sport pavilion spaces to service two outdoor fields

We are now in the process of engaging an architect to develop concept designs and for this new hub as soon as possible.



Debneys Park is much-loved by locals. Located in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse suburbs of Moonee Valley, a plan to develop a new community centre ato meet Flemington's future demands and to upgrade old buildings

The new Community Hub, built on Council land, will include

  • Flexible spaces include a hall and a range of multi-purpose rooms of different sizes
  • Display, exhibition and foyer space
  • Kitchen/café/kiosk
  • Training rooms
  • Art room (wet/dry space)
  • Offices
  • Storage spaces
  • children’s room
  • Consultation suites
  • Sport pavilion spaces to service two outdoor fields

We are now in the process of engaging an architect to develop concept designs and for this new hub as soon as possible.



  • Better ways to engage and communicate with you including our new project newsletter – sign up today!

    4 months ago
    While we are developing our engagement program, we are keen to ask the community:
    • How can we best engage you and your group/ community?
    • What engagement techniques would you participate in?
    • What is the best way to keep you updated and informed as the project
    • progresses?
    Some ideas and suggestions we have heard so far include:
    • Simple and clear written (FAQ’s, flyers) and visual (video’s) collateral written in different languages
    • Use of translators
    • Door knocking
    • Letterbox drops
    • Community workshops with different stakeholders (i.e. young people, families and children, cultural groups,...

    While we are developing our engagement program, we are keen to ask the community:
    • How can we best engage you and your group/ community?
    • What engagement techniques would you participate in?
    • What is the best way to keep you updated and informed as the project
    • progresses?
    Some ideas and suggestions we have heard so far include:
    • Simple and clear written (FAQ’s, flyers) and visual (video’s) collateral written in different languages
    • Use of translators
    • Door knocking
    • Letterbox drops
    • Community workshops with different stakeholders (i.e. young people, families and children, cultural groups, older people, local sports/ cultural groups, community associations etc.)
    • Notice in school newsletters
    • Social media such as Facebook
    • Word of mouth
    • Inform local community workers to pass message on to local community
    • Regular Reference Group meetings
    • Visits/conversations to established community groups (different ages and cultural
    • groups)
    • Harmony community events (with food and music) where different parts of community can find out what’s going on
    • BBQ’s at Flemington Community Centre
    • Pop up stalls at community events
    Sign up to our project newsletter

    To help keep everyone regularly informed and up to date with this project, we have decided to
    create a project newsletter.

    The newsletter will come out when we have a project update or when the community asks us
    questions and we can share responses with everyone.

    You can sign up to the newsletter by emailing flemingtonhub@mvcc.vic.gov.au or contacting
    Ruth Robles McColl on 0419 871 221.

    If you sign-up you will receive these project updates via email or post.

    We will also print up copies of the newsletter in English and in different languages and place
    them at the Flemington Community Centre and Flemington Library.


  • Core elements / spaces to be included in the new hub

    4 months ago

    With the approved budget of $20m, input from the community and looking at local area demands, we have progressed work on looking at the core elements or spaces that should be included in the new hub. These elements/ spaces are:

    • Community hall / multi-purpose rooms
    • Display/exhibition/ foyer space
    • Kitchen/café/ kiosk
    • Training rooms
    • Art room (wet/dry space)
    • Offices & storage
    • Licenced children’s room
    • Consultation suites
    • New sports pavilion

    With other parts of the...

    With the approved budget of $20m, input from the community and looking at local area demands, we have progressed work on looking at the core elements or spaces that should be included in the new hub. These elements/ spaces are:

    • Community hall / multi-purpose rooms
    • Display/exhibition/ foyer space
    • Kitchen/café/ kiosk
    • Training rooms
    • Art room (wet/dry space)
    • Offices & storage
    • Licenced children’s room
    • Consultation suites
    • New sports pavilion

    With other parts of the project that have not been listed, like a highball stadium and improvements to Debneys Park, these would be treated as separate projects that Council would continue to plan for and advocate for additional funding with State and Federal Government.

    A summary of the findings relating to the local area demand work is now available in the document library.


  • Working on two possible options to deliver the hub

    4 months ago
    Engagement table 2020

    Council is committed to delivering a new Flemington community hub and we are working hard to try and find the best way to do that.

    Our main concern and priority right now is that the current Flemington Community Centre building is old and failing.

    In response to this, we need to keep the project moving forward to ensure there is a working community centre here in Flemington operating for the local community. Given the state of the current centre, we feel a new building would be needed ideally by 2023.

    To achieve this, Council is currently working on two options...

    Council is committed to delivering a new Flemington community hub and we are working hard to try and find the best way to do that.

    Our main concern and priority right now is that the current Flemington Community Centre building is old and failing.

    In response to this, we need to keep the project moving forward to ensure there is a working community centre here in Flemington operating for the local community. Given the state of the current centre, we feel a new building would be needed ideally by 2023.

    To achieve this, Council is currently working on two options to deliver a new community hub:

    A. A partnership approach with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

    B. A more traditional Council-run design and construct model

    Option A - DHHS approach

    We are currently in discussions with DHHS about a possible partnership approach. This process is confidential so we can’t say too much about it at this point.

    But what we can say is that Council is committed to advocating for:

    • a location that results in no net loss of open space
    • increased services
    • a hub that is for the entire Flemington community

    In our discussions with DHHS, we are working hard and advocating strongly to achieve a positive outcome with DHHS, but nothing at this stage is guaranteed.

    Option B - Council-run design and construct model

    In case the DHHS option is not the preferred way forward, Council felt it needed to progress its own process at the same time to keep the project moving forward and to achieve a new building by 2023.

    In September we commenced a process to request submissions for architectural services through a Tender Panel Process.

    The aim is to potentially get consultants appointed early next year, before we start community consultation so their work can be informed by community feedback.

    If the Council run process is the preferred way forward our focus would be to deliver a new community hub with the approved project budget of $20 million.

    Deciding on which option

    The aim is a decision to be made on which option to deliver the project by early 2020. A set of guiding principles will inform officer’s recommendations on which is the most preferred option.

    These principles are:

    • Timing – and the need to construct a new building by 2023 due to the state of the current building
    • No net loss of open space in the precinct
    • Achieving increased services
    • Creating a new centre that is for the whole Flemington community

    Another key factor is budget – Council has an approved budget of $20m to spend on the project.

    Possible engagement program

    Community input and feedback will continue to be an important part of this project as it progresses into 2020. The below diagram shows a possible engagement program for 2020.


    The engagement program will continue to evolve and take shape once we know more about which option Council prefers to deliver the project and timelines.



  • New direction for Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group and community input

    6 months ago

    In response to feedback from members of the Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group (FNAG), a decision was made at the last meeting to dissolve the group and explore a different model of seeking community input into the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park project.

    This new model of engagement will focus on community conversations with specific groups and community cohorts. The new model could also involve using a broader range of communication techniques (not just meetings); and include more videos in different community languages, smaller events, workshops with specific groups (i.e. young people, families and children, cultural groups, older people, local sports/...

    In response to feedback from members of the Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group (FNAG), a decision was made at the last meeting to dissolve the group and explore a different model of seeking community input into the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park project.

    This new model of engagement will focus on community conversations with specific groups and community cohorts. The new model could also involve using a broader range of communication techniques (not just meetings); and include more videos in different community languages, smaller events, workshops with specific groups (i.e. young people, families and children, cultural groups, older people, local sports/ cultural groups, community associations etc). It could also include a revised reference (rather than advisory) group format meeting less frequently.

    Although Council is still planning the next phases of the project, it is envisaged that the new model of engagement would happen by December this year.

    Members of FNAG and Council staff have been discussing the future of the group and how to better engage the community since July. Feedback from FNAG members provided to Council over several months also included concern about the value of the group’s time and input given the continual changes to the project. Some members also said that the format of the group was more suited to a formal Council environment and did not work for all diverse members.

    FNAG was established through an operational arrangement (rather than a resolution of Council). This allowed members with staff to collectively make the decision to dissolve the group.

    Each FNAG member has been contacted personally to update them on the new model and thanked for their enormous contribution to the group and the project.

    We are also holding a drop-in session for FNAG members in October to seek their ideas into consultation and community engagement ideas for the project moving forward. FNAG members will still have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to be heavily involved in the project as it progresses as part of the new engagement model.


  • Results of phase three community engagement released

    6 months ago

    Results of phase three community engagement

    From March to mid-May, we connected with more than 7,000 people and received over 470 pieces of formal feedback to inform the Flemington @ Debneys Park project.

    The engagement involved seeking feedback on three draft concept plans for a new Flemington community hub and priorities for improvements to Debneys Park.

    To see the engagement results in detail, download the Phase 3 Engagement report or read on to get a high-level summary.

    Engagement activities

    • 41 face to face activities in 18 different locations
    • 27 pop-ups
    • 9...

    Results of phase three community engagement

    From March to mid-May, we connected with more than 7,000 people and received over 470 pieces of formal feedback to inform the Flemington @ Debneys Park project.

    The engagement involved seeking feedback on three draft concept plans for a new Flemington community hub and priorities for improvements to Debneys Park.

    To see the engagement results in detail, download the Phase 3 Engagement report or read on to get a high-level summary.

    Engagement activities

    • 41 face to face activities in 18 different locations
    • 27 pop-ups
    • 9 workshops
    • 5 drop in sessions
    • Survey – online and hard copy

    Summary of high-level results

    Through our many face-to-face engagement activities, people consistently provided feedback that indicated overall strong support and positive sentiment towards the project.

    Formal feedback provided on the three hub concepts was spread evenly and there was no clear stand-out preference. Community members identified many positives as well as areas for improvement with each option.

    In relation to improvements to Debneys Park, the community had a strong preference to incorporate a ‘natural experience’ which would include giving the space a bushy appearance with a natural layout including indigenous plants, winding paths and non-manicured garden beds.

    When indicating priorities for the future of park facilities, playgrounds were identified as the most important followed by a walking/ running circuit, soccer pitches, sporting ovals and then tennis/ multipurpose courts.

    We also received important feedback, both through the engagement process and via a community petition, that indicated concern around the location of the proposed hub due to taking up important open space in Debneys Park, potential removal of trees and safety issues with cars having to drive into the park to access the centre and parking.

    Next steps

    The evenly spread feedback on options plus concerns raised around the proposed hub location have provided good information for us to keep working and re-thinking options for the new community hub and the next stages of the project.

    When planning the next stages, we are also now taking into consideration the revised project budget and recently renewed interest from DHHS to take a joint approach to planning for the precinct.

    Once we have worked through all these complex factors, we will keep you informed of the next stages of the project, which will include further community consultation.


  • Council decides to re-explore working with DHHS on Flemington Housing Estate Precinct

    6 months ago

    Moonee Valley City Council last night decided to re-explore the possibility of working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to jointly plan the future of the Flemington Housing Estate Precinct.

    The decision was made in response to DHHS contacting Council and putting forward this opportunity. This will allow officers to engage in initial discussion with DHHS to see if there is a possibility of working together on an integrated master planning process for the entire precinct.

    We previously explored this option with DHHS in 2016, but uncertainty around the timing of their public housing renewal...

    Moonee Valley City Council last night decided to re-explore the possibility of working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to jointly plan the future of the Flemington Housing Estate Precinct.

    The decision was made in response to DHHS contacting Council and putting forward this opportunity. This will allow officers to engage in initial discussion with DHHS to see if there is a possibility of working together on an integrated master planning process for the entire precinct.

    We previously explored this option with DHHS in 2016, but uncertainty around the timing of their public housing renewal project resulted in those discussions not progressing and Council moving forward alone with the Flemington Community Hub and Debneys Park project.

    Working with DHHS on this project may provide several opportunities including exploring alternative locations for the new community hub, and potentially gaining State support and better coordinated outcomes for the whole precinct.

    These initial discussions don’t lock us into anything, but they are a good starting point to see what might be possible through a joint master planning approach.

    We acknowledge that this project continues to be complex and requires more thinking and planning in how it should move forward in light of budget changes, community feedback and now new information from DHHS.

    No matter what happens, we are committed to protecting and improving Debneys Park and ensuring no net loss of open space in the precinct, developing a modern and integrated community hub for the entire Flemington Community, and strongly advocating for good outcomes for housing estate residents and the local Flemington community.


  • Opportunity to work with DHHS on Integrated Masterplan

    6 months ago

    We wanted to update you on some new information from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The department has recently contacted us to see if there was any interest in re-exploring the possibility of working together to jointly plan the future of the Flemington Housing Estate Precinct.

    This renewed interest from DHHS has been in response to them moving their Public Housing Renewal Program forward into a new phase. As you are aware, their program involves redevelopment of the housing estate land to build a mix of new social and private housing complemented by shared communal spaces, all on...

    We wanted to update you on some new information from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The department has recently contacted us to see if there was any interest in re-exploring the possibility of working together to jointly plan the future of the Flemington Housing Estate Precinct.

    This renewed interest from DHHS has been in response to them moving their Public Housing Renewal Program forward into a new phase. As you are aware, their program involves redevelopment of the housing estate land to build a mix of new social and private housing complemented by shared communal spaces, all on housing estate land.

    Council previously agreed, in 2016, to work with DHHS on jointly developing a master plan for the estate precinct, but uncertainty around the timing of the public housing project saw us move forward on our own with planning the Flemington Community Hub and Debneys Park project.

    We wanted to let you know that on Tuesday night, 27 August, a report is being presented to Council with a recommendation from officers to explore the possibility of working with DHHS again on an integrated master planning process for the entire precinct.

    Working with DHHS on this project may provide several opportunities including exploring alternative locations for the new community hub, and potentially gaining State support and better coordinated outcomes, which could help to achieve the broader vision for the Flemington @ Debneys Park Project.

    If a decision is made on Tuesday night to explore this option with DHHS, it is important to reiterate that it does not lock Council into anything. It allows initial discussion to take place with DHHS about the possibilities of what could be achieved through a joint master planning approach.

    We want to strongly reassure you that no matter what happens with DHHS, we are committed to protecting and improving Debneys Park and ensuring no net loss of open space in the precinct and developing a modern and integrated community hub for the entire Flemington Community.

    We acknowledge that this continues to be a complex project. We are currently still working on reassessing the project and how it should move forward in light of budget changes, community feedback and now new information from DHHS about their housing renewal project and the offer to work together.

    We will provide a further update next week.


  • We've updated our FAQs

    8 months ago

    We've recently updated our Frequently Asked Questions to reflect some of the more frequent questions we've been hearing over the past few weeks. You can find these on the right hand side of this page. Click on 'more...' to see all of the questions we've asked, and answered.

    We've recently updated our Frequently Asked Questions to reflect some of the more frequent questions we've been hearing over the past few weeks. You can find these on the right hand side of this page. Click on 'more...' to see all of the questions we've asked, and answered.

  • An update on Tuesday's Council Meeting

    9 months ago

    At Council's ordinary meeting of 11 June, there was debate about next year’s budget, long-term capital works spending and the Strategic Resource Plan.

    As part of this debate, Councillors made important decisions that will impact the Flemington Community Hub project. Councillors decided to reduce the capital works plan allocation for the Hub to $20 million.

    Although Councillors strongly confirmed the importance of the project, their decision to reduce the funding allocation was primarily due to the pressures of funding other major capital works across the municipality.

    For more information, view the full debate and discussion between Councillors from the 11...

    At Council's ordinary meeting of 11 June, there was debate about next year’s budget, long-term capital works spending and the Strategic Resource Plan.

    As part of this debate, Councillors made important decisions that will impact the Flemington Community Hub project. Councillors decided to reduce the capital works plan allocation for the Hub to $20 million.

    Although Councillors strongly confirmed the importance of the project, their decision to reduce the funding allocation was primarily due to the pressures of funding other major capital works across the municipality.

    For more information, view the full debate and discussion between Councillors from the 11 June Council meeting.

    We want to reiterate that the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park project is still moving forward.

    Even though we have a reduced funding allocation to work with, there is still $20 million allocated to the Hub, enabling us to continue undertaking an exciting redevelopment of the current centre.

    We will however need to take some time now to re-look at the work done to date and adjust our ideas and draft concepts for the new centre to align with the amended project funding plan.

    Feedback we have received so far from the community has been extremely valuable and is still very relevant. This feedback and input will be used to inform the project and revised draft concepts going forward.

    Once we have done additional work to see what we can achieve within the new funding allocation, we will come back to community for further consultation.

    To stay informed and receive regular project updates, sign up to the project newsletter by entering your email address in the “Stay Informed” section of the page.


  • Thanks for your input!

    9 months ago

    We've recently closed our third round of consultation on the plan for the future of the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park. Over a six week period, we:

    · Reached over 500 people at more than 35 engagement sessions

    · Had almost 1000 visits to this online project page

    · Distributed over 6,500 brochures to Flemington and surrounds.

    We'll now take the feedback you provided and use it to help inform the next stage of consultation, where we'll present you with a preferred option for the new Flemington Community Hub at Debneys Park.

    Thank you so much for all your input!

    ...

    We've recently closed our third round of consultation on the plan for the future of the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park. Over a six week period, we:

    · Reached over 500 people at more than 35 engagement sessions

    · Had almost 1000 visits to this online project page

    · Distributed over 6,500 brochures to Flemington and surrounds.

    We'll now take the feedback you provided and use it to help inform the next stage of consultation, where we'll present you with a preferred option for the new Flemington Community Hub at Debneys Park.

    Thank you so much for all your input!