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.

Recently we undertook six weeks of consultation with the local community in Flemington and beyond to help inform our vision for Debneys Park and the new Flemington Community Hub. We shared three draft concept plans with you and heard a range of feedback. We're now working on a preferred concept, which we'll present to the community for further feedback.


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.

Recently we undertook six weeks of consultation with the local community in Flemington and beyond to help inform our vision for Debneys Park and the new Flemington Community Hub. We shared three draft concept plans with you and heard a range of feedback. We're now working on a preferred concept, which we'll present to the community for further feedback.


Tell us what you think about the concept design options for Flemington Community @ Debneys Park.  If you have a specific enquiry and would like a direct response, please contact us at flemingtonhub@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

The site proposed for the hub makes sense. There is no loss of open space proposed but it does work best for solar access, community and avoids the noise of Mt Alexander Road.

Helene Mc 3 months ago

very concerned about the move to locate the centre near Mt Alex Rd this is not the right place for a people's centre.

Aidan 3 months ago

I support building on the current site which is more accessible to the widest range of people. I am opposed to gouging into what precious green space currently exists and felling established trees. Recently, land was acquired by MVCC on the corner of Mt Alexander Rd and Wellington St Flemington - I applaud the council's plan to turn it into green space - which is why the community hub proposal seems to be completely at odds with this open space strategy. On the recent land acquisition the mayor was quoted in the local paper as saying: the council's open space strategy was designed to identify opportunities to increase open space in suburbs such as Flemington. Rebuilding the hub on the existing site allows the community to continue to enjoy the wonderful parklands and open space. It concerns me that the consultation process tends to focus attention on the best of three building designs, when in fact the major pressing iissue is location. Please just rebuild, leave the parkland alone, and no more bulky multi-storey built forms.

Jennifer, Flemington 3 months ago

I seriously cannot choose any of these options. Why fix what ain’t broke, leave the hub where it is and develop it!

Frequent park user 4 months ago

Hi - I'm just checking if you received my feedback because I did not get a confirmation notice after I tried to submit. With thanks Roy Burrows

Roy Burrows 4 months ago

All three design options: (i) collocate the new Community Hub and new Sports Pavilion in a single large contiguous structure, and (ii) position the Community Hub on the west side of the site as far away from public transport as possible, remote from Flemington Bridge Station and from Flemington Rd and Mt Alexander Rd trams. Locating the Community Hub in the proposed location in all three options makes it much more a community hub for residents in the immediately adjacent buildings, not for the broader community. Its location also creates a physical and visual barrier between the adjacent residential area and the sporting/open spaces. It is unclear why the new Community Hub could not be developed on the footprint of the existing FCC, close to public transport so better serving the broader community, and a separate building constructed in an optimum location for the Sports Pavilion. Moving on-site parking under the new buildings in design options 1 and 3 divides the site with an access road in a high pedestrian area. All three options remove substantial existing on-site parking and locate it in Victoria St, increasing traffic in a residential street with a large number of children. The information provided is quite unclear on which existing trees will be removed – in all three options, the vast number of new trees suggests that essentially all existing trees will be removed: this will reduce the amenity of the whole site for 20+ years while they grow and mature.

Phil Marley 4 months ago

Each of the options create a physical barrier between the residential area and the open space and sporting fields. This appears to be poor design when considering the dynamic functionality of the site,ie how people move about the site as a whole. Planners talk about desire lines linking places that people want to move between. Each of the options interfere with the natural linkage between the residential and recreational areas and result in an odd dislocation where the sports and recreational areas appear isolated from the residential areas.Locating the new community hub on the site of the current community centre appears to create more effective and attractive linkages between the different functional areas of the project. Having a more holistic site may also enhance overall security.

Rod 4 months ago

Please build the new building on the existing site to preserve precious open space and save the trees.

Kerry H 4 months ago

Please do not spend our rates on this project. It is not what our community needs or wants. Bad idea and bad design. By all means spend a fraction of the cost on enhancing our trees, shrubbery and park land, Flemington dwellers love our parkland!A smart and thinking council design team would site unsightly buildings under the unsightly flyover. Please don’t ruin our park for our future residents. Think again.

DaveInFlem 4 months ago

None of the design options will preserve enough mature trees at Debneys Park. Why can't the new building be sited where the old centre is so that tree removal is at a minimum? Please do not put forward the ridiculous argument that a 180cm sapling can replace a mature tree. With the renewal plans for the housing commission site reducing the open space and tree cover there, surely it is even more important to retain mature trees in this time of climate change. Trees reduce heat sink areas. The residents of those blocks need open space, shady in summer, to escape to, not buildings which cut them off from the park! People need quiet spaces, not areas next to busy roads, for strolling and contemplating. Surely your planners/designers could come up with better options.

Margaret 4 months ago

I and my family are frequent visitors to the park. We love riding around the ovals, playing in the adventure playground and seeing and interacting with the local residents. I also love seeing the residents of the towers do their evening strolls around the ovals, they seem to get a lot of pleasure out of it! I think any development should retain and enhance residents ability to engage with the environment and their community, outside of the four walls of their home. The park is also uniquely positioned on the banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek - it would be great if the redevelopment could take advantage of this position through enhancing residents relationship with the creek and local wildlife. Thank you for sharing and look forward to the next update.

Chris, Travancore 4 months ago

Looks set to become another generic sports club, like the outer burbs for a few sports people couple of hours a week they use it. No character. More trees and nature for everyone in Flemington. Melbourne Council’s new plan has a water park here, we want that.Can you make it happen?? We need space for our kids to enjoy the outdoors and nature.Getting more built up its our respite so close to the city.

Nat 4 months ago

I'd love to leave feedback but the survey link doesn't work

Ross 4 months ago

I would really appreciate MVCC making a model to scale of the current site with overlays of the proposed options and taking these around to consultation sessions and meetings.This is our one chance to get it right. Low grade ply would be fine.

Kerry J, Flemington 4 months ago

I just spent half an hour trying to fill in the survey, providing feedback, but it wouldn't let me submit unless I chose one of the 3 options. All three make me very sad. Each of them propose constructing buildings on the best part of our park, where people currently meet and socialise. It is the quietest, greenest spot, with the best light. The plans propose pushing people over to the roads, to allow a built form that will not only mean the loss of trees and useable open space but create a bulky barrier between the Estate, the Park and surrounds. This makes no sense. Nor do the proposed roads through Debney's Park. Where are people supposed to park their cars or access these buildings via public transport? Please don't sacrifice our best open space for these plans. Please come up with some other options, and please don't pretend this is consultation if we can only provide feedback on what is effectively one option.

John, Flemington 5 months ago