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.


  • We've updated our FAQs

    2 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

    2 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.

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  • Thanks for your input!

    3 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

    3 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!

    5 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

    6 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.

  • A vision for our plan

    7 months ago

    The new vision for Flemington Community @ Debneys Park is:

    “Debneys Park welcomes, nurtures and nourishes everyone.”

    This key statement is based on feedback from stakeholders and reflects the elements of community, connection and celebration that we've learned are important.

    The vision will guide our decisions and priorities for the precinct including its design, use and management.

    The new vision for Flemington Community @ Debneys Park is:

    “Debneys Park welcomes, nurtures and nourishes everyone.”

    This key statement is based on feedback from stakeholders and reflects the elements of community, connection and celebration that we've learned are important.

    The vision will guide our decisions and priorities for the precinct including its design, use and management.

  • Issues and Opportunities report

    10 months ago

    An Issues and Opportunities report has been prepared by MGS architects. This report analyses the key features of the precinct, including the park and all facilities. The issue and opportunities will guide the next stage of the project which is to develop design options.

    An Issues and Opportunities report has been prepared by MGS architects. This report analyses the key features of the precinct, including the park and all facilities. The issue and opportunities will guide the next stage of the project which is to develop design options.

  • Your feedback is informing our plan

    11 months ago

    Future consultation

    Council is strongly committed to the delivery of this project. Work has begun on concept designs and there is $150,000 in the 2018/19 Budget for preliminary design and investigation works.

    We have already conducted a series of consultations to help inform the Debneys Park Precinct Plan and Flemington community hub design. You have told us what you most like about Debneys Park, how you use it, and what you would like to see improved.

    We've planned further consultations with the community, taking place in late 2018 / early 2019.

    Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group

    We’ve established a Flemington Neighbourhood...

    Future consultation

    Council is strongly committed to the delivery of this project. Work has begun on concept designs and there is $150,000 in the 2018/19 Budget for preliminary design and investigation works.

    We have already conducted a series of consultations to help inform the Debneys Park Precinct Plan and Flemington community hub design. You have told us what you most like about Debneys Park, how you use it, and what you would like to see improved.

    We've planned further consultations with the community, taking place in late 2018 / early 2019.

    Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group

    We’ve established a Flemington Neighbourhood Advisory Group comprised of Councillors, community members, key tenants and facility users of the Flemington Community Centre and Debneys Park. The group plays an important role by informing and guiding the project and assisting in circulating project information to the community.