Be part of the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park

Debneys Park provides vital facilities, services and open space to the Flemington community, including:

  • Flemington Community Centre
  • Debneys Park sports pavilion
  • Sports fields and courts
  • Picnic facilities and play equipment.

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 and improve the park is needed to meet Flemington's future demands and to upgrade old buildings.

The plan will include elements to be delivered over the short, medium and longer term.

Short term:

  • A community hub that provides space for more services and activities needed by the community, including a community hall, multipurpose meeting rooms, co-working spaces, a community kitchen and large foyer.

Medium-longer term:

  • Open space and improved landscaping
  • Protection of significant trees
  • Accessible facilities
  • Better connection to areas surrounding the park, including the Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Easier access, with improved links to train stations and tram stops.



Debneys Park provides vital facilities, services and open space to the Flemington community, including:

  • Flemington Community Centre
  • Debneys Park sports pavilion
  • Sports fields and courts
  • Picnic facilities and play equipment.

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 and improve the park is needed to meet Flemington's future demands and to upgrade old buildings.

The plan will include elements to be delivered over the short, medium and longer term.

Short term:

  • A community hub that provides space for more services and activities needed by the community, including a community hall, multipurpose meeting rooms, co-working spaces, a community kitchen and large foyer.

Medium-longer term:

  • Open space and improved landscaping
  • Protection of significant trees
  • Accessible facilities
  • Better connection to areas surrounding the park, including the Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Easier access, with improved links to train stations and tram stops.



  • New direction for Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group and community input

    about 2 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

    about 2 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

    about 2 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

    2 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

    4 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

    4 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!

    5 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!


  • Your feedback so far

    6 months ago

    Hello, and thank you for your feedback so far! Providing your thoughts will mean the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park Hub truly reflects who you are. In person, more than 473 people have been reached and online, and there has been over 700 visitors to the Your Say page!

    If you haven’t had a chance to make it down yet and speak with one of our team, please come down soon as this round of consultation closes on 14 May. Join us at an upcoming session – you can find all the details at the top right-hand side of this...

    Hello, and thank you for your feedback so far! Providing your thoughts will mean the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park Hub truly reflects who you are. In person, more than 473 people have been reached and online, and there has been over 700 visitors to the Your Say page!

    If you haven’t had a chance to make it down yet and speak with one of our team, please come down soon as this round of consultation closes on 14 May. Join us at an upcoming session – you can find all the details at the top right-hand side of this page, or you can fill out our online survey right here, under the ‘Surveys and Forms’ tab.

    A few questions about the location of the Hub have come up. The location has been informed through expert urban design advice which applies best practice in maximising use of the northern light; seeks to place the indoor/outdoor community use as remotely as possible from the traffic noise of CityLink and Mount Alexander Road; and avoids built form proximate to the Moonee Ponds Creek.

    In its proposed location, the hub will ideally:

    • be seen from the main park entries to provide a sense of welcome upon arrival
    • be centrally located for all Flemington locals
    • be a safe space that people will walk and cycle to, and through
    • be closer to the school so we can explore shared use of facilities
    • have the best access to sunshine, which is especially important during cold dark days, making it more welcoming and available for lots of uses all year 'round, inside and out
    • provide terrific access from the oval and not cast shadow on the playing fields
    • allow users to look out and see the whole park, making sure it is safe, open and no areas are blocked off by buildings.
    Moonee Valley is committed to meeting the target of 30 per cent tree canopy coverage by 2040. That's why all of the significant trees in Debneys Park will be protected, and each design option will allow for increased landscaping.

    Some of you have asked, why not locate the Hub on the site of the existing community centre? There’s a range of reasons for moving away from the current location on Mount Alexander Road in front of the Creek. One is that we can’t achieve best practice environmental outcomes in this location, such as installing solar panels, due to overshadowing. The proximity of Citylink also results in poor noise outcomes.

    But most importantly, it’s because this location doesn’t offer you all of the positive outcomes listed above, which the new location does provide. The current location is a product of adapting a pre-existing building from a car dealer, to a ballet studio and other uses in between. But now we have a chance to choose the site that will deliver the best outcomes for you, the community, and how we can offer the best possible outcomes for future users of Debneys Park.

    In this round of consultation, please share your thoughts on the look and feel of the community hub and how it forms part of Debneys Park and the surrounding Flemington Community.

    You deserve a hub that is beautiful, connected and green; a hub that is fair, and supports the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park to thrive now, and in the future. A healthy hub, for a healthy Flemington.

    Help make the delivery of a fabulous hub for Flemington become a reality. HAVE YOUR SAY!


  • View the design options and tell us what you think!

    7 months ago

    We’re excited to share three draft visions for what the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park could look like in the short, medium and long term.

    These visions are shown as ‘concept designs’. They are designs that allow us to see what the possibilities are, including what can fit, where. They are not final. We are exploring three options to explore different possibilities.

    We are keen to know what you think about the concept designs.

    Your feedback will help us to decide on a preferred concept option that we can develop further and present back to you later in 2019.

    The concept design options have been guided by what you have told us previously, our research and our understanding of what is needed in the Flemington neighbourhood and surrounds.

    To view the concept designs go to the Document Library in the right hand column. For more information on the concept designs, refer to Project Information in the right hand column.

    Tell us what you about our concept designs and comment in our guestbook, or fill out our Feedback Form at the 'Surveys & Forms' tab.


    We’re excited to share three draft visions for what the Flemington Community @ Debneys Park could look like in the short, medium and long term.

    These visions are shown as ‘concept designs’. They are designs that allow us to see what the possibilities are, including what can fit, where. They are not final. We are exploring three options to explore different possibilities.

    We are keen to know what you think about the concept designs.

    Your feedback will help us to decide on a preferred concept option that we can develop further and present back to you later in 2019.

    The concept design options have been guided by what you have told us previously, our research and our understanding of what is needed in the Flemington neighbourhood and surrounds.

    To view the concept designs go to the Document Library in the right hand column. For more information on the concept designs, refer to Project Information in the right hand column.

    Tell us what you about our concept designs and comment in our guestbook, or fill out our Feedback Form at the 'Surveys & Forms' tab.


  • Designing Flemington Community @ Debneys Park with community input

    8 months ago

    Work is progressing on the concept designs for our new community space. These will soon be available for you to view, and provide feedback on.

    Input from residents, community groups and organisations, as well as members of the Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group and staff of the Flemington Community Centre, continues to guide the designs. Most recently, we gained feedback on the vision for the project, and design inspiration for different types of facilities including building height and size.

    This consultation reinforced Debneys Park as a place for the whole community. We heard that the designs should be welcoming of all,...

    Work is progressing on the concept designs for our new community space. These will soon be available for you to view, and provide feedback on.

    Input from residents, community groups and organisations, as well as members of the Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group and staff of the Flemington Community Centre, continues to guide the designs. Most recently, we gained feedback on the vision for the project, and design inspiration for different types of facilities including building height and size.

    This consultation reinforced Debneys Park as a place for the whole community. We heard that the designs should be welcoming of all, cater to many interests of local residents, and encourage people to use the park, get to know their neighbours and spend time with their families.

    Creating a beautiful, safe and natural hub that includes a range of facilities which are fun, and well connected to each other and to the surrounding areas, is important.

    Buildings can be significant but should be beautiful and respectful of the surrounding parkland.

    For further information on the consultation held in October and November 2018 please refer to the document library in the right column.