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This consultation closed on
Tuesday 24 July 2018
A decision was made on the Dorothy Laver Reserve West proposal at the Council meeting on 10 December 2018.

Please see our Dorothy Laver Reserve West: fact sheet for information on what the decision means for Dorothy Laver Reserve West.

Services Special Committee meeting, 12 November 2018

All feedback received through the consultation period has been reviewed and collated into an officer report to Council, which was tabled at the Services Special Committee meeting on 12 November 2018. 

The purpose of the meeting was for Council to receive and hear public submissions.

No decision was made. The meetings agenda, including the officer report, can be viewed on the meeting's page


The project

We are proposing an exciting new project with the installation of a synthetic surface to Dorothy Laver Reserve West to enhance the overall community benefit and use of this ground. 

The multi-field synthetic surface would provide one senior soccer field, one junior soccer field, two under 6-7 MiniRoos soccer fields and one cricket field (overlaid across the soccer fields).

The six existing sports ground lights would be renewed with LED lights and a perimeter fence installed around the synthetic facility.

Key facts about the project

The project proposes:

  • to convert the existing active sports fields from turf to synthetic, providing opportunities for more use of the fields
  • to increase the amount of passive open space at the reserve, not convert passive open space into a sports field
  • a lighting upgrade to allow evening training, with 100 lux lighting proposed - the standard for community level training. Night matches will not be possible in this proposal, with the standard for night matches 200 lux
  • the facility to be run by Council available for multiple clubs to use, and not exclusively used by Soccer Victoria
  • the proposed field to accommodate soccer users of all ages and all levels of competition. It’s not proposed to be an elite facility
  • the sports grounds to be available for community use when not being used, and not fenced off

The project does not propose:

  • a synthetic field at Dorothy Laver Reserve East as the proposal has included line markings and a rotation of the existing cricket wicket
  • to enclose the area by a 1.8m high fence as any new fencing is intended to be similar to the fencing currently surrounding the sports field
  • to have:
    • loudspeakers
    • a media area
    • a covered player race.

Why the project is needed

Sport and recreation plays a vital role in maintaining and improving community health and wellbeing. The installation of a synthetic surface at Dorothy Laver Reserve West will provide:

  • a year-round soccer focused facility that accommodates the full age spectrum of juniors through to seniors, and increases opportunities for girls and women
  • Boroondara’s first Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) senior soccer field
  • enhanced opportunities for passive recreation with approximately 2,800m² of land currently used for active sport being converted to passive open space
  • energy efficient and environmentally friendly LED sports ground lighting that increase training opportunities for participants between the hours of 5pm and 9pm
  • relocation of the cricket wicket off the soccer field, providing a safer facility for sporting participants. 


The project is funded through Council's capital works budget and foreshadowed in the 2019-20 capital works budget. The total project cost is estimated at $4.5m.

Construction timelines

Should the concept be endorsed by Council, a detailed design and planning permit process will be undertaken in 2019. Construction will occur thereafter.

More information

For further information or to submit any queries, please email Chad Henry at [email protected] or phone 9278 4444.

Read our fact sheet.