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The Boroondara Tennis Centre and a number of holes at the Freeway Golf Course will be removed by the North East Link project. The City of Boroondara has developed a solution which will ensure the residents of Boroondara and Manningham can continue to enjoy the opportunity to play tennis and golf at these facilities.

Council formally resolved to provide two concept plans to the North East Link Authority (NELA) for consideration in the Bulleen Park land use planning study. Both concept plans include a good quality, playable 18-hole golf course and 23 court tennis centre. The key difference between the two plans is the inclusion of an AFL size sporting oval located to the north of the proposed Boroondara Tennis Centre site in one option and the inclusion of an urban forest in the other. The urban forest would protect and improve the biodiversity values in the area and along the important Koonung Creek and Yarra River corridors.

Eager to work collaboratively with Manningham Council and NELA to explore opportunities for additional public open space within Manningham as part of the project, Mayor of Boroondara Cr Jane Addis said “We would like to ensure the residents of Boroondara and Manningham have access to these publicly accessible sporting facilities. Residents of both cities are significant users of the existing facilities. The concept plans retain both facilities and one option adds an AFL size oval. We should strive to achieve these opportunities for our communities.”

Boroondara is progressing the concept plans because the North East Link project, including the Bulleen Road interchange, will have a significant impact on the 23-court Boroondara Tennis Centre and the 18-hole Freeway Golf Course. Under the current design released by NELA, the BTC will be demolished to make way for a Doncaster busway park and ride facility and several holes of the golf course will be removed. 

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