An overwhelming majority of Greater Dandenong and South East Melbourne residents have backed plans to build a boutique rectangular stadium next to Dandenong Train Station.
As supporters of the ‘Team 11’ bid anxiously await the outcome of Football Federation Australia’s A-League expansion process, Greater Dandenong Councillors last night endorsed the Cheltenham Road site earmarked for a 15,000-seat (approx.) stadium that would host Team 11’s A-League and W-League games.
Council support is subject to funding from State and/or Federal Governments.
The ‘Team 11’ bid has been driven by the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire councils since its official launch in May 2017. Councils have since partnered with a group of local investors who will take charge of the Club if awarded an A-League licence later this month.
From the outset, it has been agreed that Casey City would house the Club’s training base at Casey Fields in Cranbourne East and that Greater Dandenong would be the ideal location for the Club’s home stadium given its connectivity with all corners of the south-east.
After being shortlisted as a potential successful bidder in June, Greater Dandenong resolved to undertake further public consultation regarding its decision to earmark the vacant, Council-owned site next to the train station on Cheltenham Road.
Residents were provided a four-week period between September 10 and October 7 to respond to Council’s stated position that “a multipurpose sport, entertainment and community stadium be developed … adjacent to the Dandenong Train Station”. They could do so via links on the Greater Dandenong and ‘Team 11’ websites and social media channels to an online survey, or via hard copy surveys made widely available across the municipality.
Council received 270 responses, revealing:
- A total of 74% of respondents support the development of a multi-purpose stadium in Dandenong.
- A total of 67% of respondents indicated they are likely to attend the proposed stadium regularly for events.
- Football is the most popular event that respondents would like to watch at the stadium, followed by concerts and ‘cultural and community events’.
- A total of 151 respondents opted to make comments in response to survey questions (rather than just tick boxes), with 96 respondents making positive comments in favour of the proposed location. Such comments included: proximity to public transport and ease of access; the potential for the stadium to revitalise / transform Dandenong; benefits to local businesses, and; the ability for it to bring the community together.
- A total of 55 respondents raised concerns about the proposed location. Concerns included:
- Parking – insufficient provision, impact on residential streets (35 respondents)
- Traffic congestion (19 respondents)
- Negative impact on residential amenity (18 respondents)
- Noise – impact on neighbouring residential area (14 respondents)
- Waste of money / resources (14 respondents)
- Anti-social behaviour / safety concerns (9 respondents)
- Size of site – too small for infrastructure requirements (4 respondents)
In response to the tabling of this report, Greater Dandenong Councillors last night carried a motion that the “‘Proposed Dandenong Stadium Consultation Outcomes Report’ be noted and that all feedback be considered by key stakeholders / authorities as part of any further planning for the proposed Stadium”.
FFA is expected to hand down its expansion decision by the end of this week.
Read the full report here: Ordinary Council Meeting, Monday 10 December 2018