FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Project and background

Development of a 18 court public tennis facility (including associated infrastructure and amenities) at the Glen Waverley Golf Course.

$21M State Government grant
$5.77M Monash Council contribution (subject to budget approval)

Courts:

  • 18 tennis courts with lighting
  • All general tennis infrastructure – nets, posts, fencing, ball-stop netting, General Power Outlets courtside (for automatic ball launching machine)
  • Shared pavilion facilities to cater to tennis & golf participants
  • Female, male and accessible change-rooms and amenities
  • Public toilets
  • Kiosk/café
  • Social space
  • Venue/tournament management office/meeting room
  • Club storage
  • General amenities to cater to tennis participants
  • Drink fountains
  • Bench seating
  • Shade consideration
  • BBQ/outdoor plaza/gathering space
  • Storage/Maintenance Shed
  • New and improved car parking

Broader Works:

  • Upgraded intersection on Waverley Road and Jells Road (following traffic audit, investigation and community consultation)
  • Internal road upgrade
  • Drainage infrastructure to tennis site with consideration to impacts to adjacent residents
  • Service connections and upgrades (if required) to tennis infrastructure
  • Formalised parking for tennis participants (minimum 4 parking bays per court)
  • Lighting, landscaping and signage

Potential inclusions (subject to community consultation):

  • Off leash dog park
  • Playspace
  • Demolition of the existing driving range to make way for the tennis courts (which also resolves the issue of stray golf balls escaping from the current practice range). Smaller practice facilities such as hitting/birdie cages are to be included for skill development.
  • Relocation of the Halcyon Centre and services (users of the centre and their families have been consulted and support Council's decision).
  • Augmentation of existing sewerage easement and electricity transmission line as required.
  • Improved access and connections to the Dandenong Creek Trail.
  • Improved golf and tennis participation opportunities in Monash in line with key Council and State Sporting Association strategies and plans.
  • Secure significant State Government investment of over $20M+ in sporting infrastructure in Monash.
  • Improved precinct traffic management and car parking issues, e.g. improvement works to the Jells Road and Waverley Road intersection to assist with easier and safer traffic flow in the area and to reduce congestion.
  • Improved accessibility and trail connections throughout the precinct e.g. links to Dandenong Creek Trail.
  • Enhanced broader recreation opportunities, e.g. potential for new recreation infrastructure such as playground, fenced dog park, golf birdie/practice cages etc.
  • The undergrounding of low voltage overhead power lines to create as much space/buffering as possible between the proposed tennis facility and residents.
  • Improved drainage to the site, especially sections of the reserve that back onto residential fencing and have previously been prone to water pooling and problem wet areas
  • The retention and improvements of space in the southern section of the reserve as a leash free dog area, as well as increasing the number of native trees on site.
  • The development of a community hub, with a shared building to accommodate golf course and tennis needs.
  • Potential relocation of existing clubs, reducing burden of ageing infrastructure at other sites and return of valuable open space to the community
  • Generation of significant economic benefit and job creation opportunities
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design elements e.g. site ecological and sustainability improvements such as LED lighting, water harvesting, tree planting, water sensitive urban design (WSUD).

Residents will have the opportunity to have their say on some aspects of this project, including whether the site includes an off-leash dog park or playspace.

This opportunity will take place following site assessments.

We will let you know through the Monash Bulletin, enewsletter and social media when feedback is open. If you subscribe to this page, you will be notified of all updates including community consultation.

  • Screening infrastructure and/or barrier planting
  • New recreation infrastructure and general reserve improvements, e.g. playgrounds, fenced dog park, fitness stations, new practice putting green & birdie cages/practice nets etc.
  • Design materials – noise mitigating, buffer zones, crime prevention design elements
  • Incorporation of Environmental and Sustainable Design elements and general amenity improvements, e.g. LED lighting, tree plantings, water tanks etc.
  • Parking zones and restrictions (subject to relevant approvals).
  • 16 Dec 2020 – Funding announcement
  • 17 Dec 2020 -mid 2021 – pre-planning investigations and consultation
  • June 2021 – Council Report and consideration of recommended concept layout and project details such as the scope, design, budget and future operating arrangements for Council consideration and approval.
  • July 2021-Early 2022 – Detailed Design
  • Mid 2022- Early 2024 – Construction
  • Early 2024 – Practical completion & Official Opening
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  • Information updates will be published in the Monash Bulletin and social media.

The land is zoned Public Park and Recreation. The purpose of the zone is:

  • To implement the Municipal Planning Strategy and the Planning Policy Framework.
  • To recognise areas for public recreation and open space.
  • To protect and conserve areas of significance where appropriate.
  • To provide for commercial uses where appropriate.

The proposed use is consistent with the zoning of the land.

All Planning Schemes in the State provide that a Planning Permit for use and buildings and works within this zone is not required where the use is conducted and buildings and works are being undertaken by or on behalf of the public land manager, in this case Council.

As such, Council is specifically exempted from requiring a planning permit for the use and buildings and works.

Traffic and parking

  • Traffic analysis will be undertaken for the precinct to determine traffic management and car parking improvements needed to adequately cater for increased visitation.
  • Improvement works to the Jells Road and Waverley Road intersection, to assist with easier and safer traffic flow in the area, is a major component of this project.
  • Additional off-street parking will be provided to help alleviate existing car parking issues in the precinct.
  • Parking conditions (zones and restrictions) to be introduced as required.

Recent consultation on sport in this precinct identified traffic as a concern for residents. The construction of an intersection at the corner of Jells Road and Waverley Road will improve traffic conditions in this area, reducing congestion and increasing traffic flow.

Court layout

The courts will be located on the site of current driving range and Halcyon Centre.

We will be providing more information about access for maintenance vehicles as part of the next design phase of the preferred option.

Noise and lights

  • The layout of the tennis courts will consider any impact to adjacent residences. Wherever possible buffer zones, including screen infrastructure and plantings will be incorporated into the design.
  • LED Tennis court lighting of 350 lux on all courts will be designed in accordance with Australian Standards for sports lighting and court lighting spill reduction. The lights are inside boxes to reduce any light spilling outside the court.

We acknowledge there will be an increase in low level noise generated from the site due to the introduction of tennis, increased activity and the extended hours of use.

Noise levels are expected to remain within acceptable standards, supported by design mitigation strategies and management practices including locking gates to prevent after hours use.

Yes, tennis will be played into the evening. Times of use will be consistent with Council policy and lighting may be programmed to ensure operations do not extend beyond the permitted use.

Current uses

This project will necessitate the relocation of the Halcyon Centre (or Halcyon Social Support Services) from the golf course. This service is available weekdays from 9am-3pm to Monash residents who are frail, experience memory loss and other associated challenges related to dementia and provides respite for their carers. This service had been catering for 22 residents before its closure in March 2020 due to Covid-19. Officers will investigate relocation options for this service and report back to Council with recommendations. The service will continue without disruption to users because the only change will be the location. Our trained staff from the centre will work with families to manage the change sensitively.

The constraints of the existing driving range are well known. The driving range is under-utilised compared to other facilities. The short length and lack of fencing present safety problems with errant golf balls for cars, pedestrians and residents. In 2019, Council commissioned an expert review of the driving range. The review recommended three options:

  1. Closing the range
  2. Safety Barrier Netting along all three sides of the range (approximately $2 Million)
  3. Undertake a Masterplan looking at other options

In order to realise the benefits of fencing the driving range, lighting and synthetic grass bays would also need to be provided at an additional cost, and operational hours extended. Driving range lighting would further impact adjacent residents.

With regard to the loss of the driving range as a golf teaching facility, there are varied views around the value of learning to play on a driving range versus learning to play on the course itself. There are currently periods during the week when the course is under-utilised, and golf clinics for juniors or beginners could be programmed during these times. We are investigating options for including alternative golf practice facilities in the design, including outdoor putting greens, outdoor warm-up hitting cages, virtual hitting screens and/or other facilities that would enhance your golfing experience at this site.

Environmental impacts

Some trees will be removed for this project. A tree audit will assess tree health and determine which trees are to be removed. Extensive landscaping and planting of advanced trees will take place once the project is completed.

Yes, a drainage design has been completed. The funding agreement covers the cost of installing drainage.

How we got here

NELP has been searching for possible sites in Melbourne’s east for a new regional tennis facility to replace the Boroondara Tennis Centre.

The new tennis centre will replace the existing 23 court tennis centre in Boroondara, which is located on land needed for two crucial interchanges for North East Link, connecting the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway.

Based on the significant existing planning and strategic support undertaken to date by Council in regards to tennis and the existing golf course, NELP formally invited Monash to submit a proposal for a new regional tennis facility at the golf course.

On 16 December, the Minister announced that Council’s proposal for an integrated tennis facility in Monash (at the Glen Waverley Golf Course) was the preferred site for a new regional tennis facility.

No. Council will not be raising rates because of this project, rates are set by the State Government and there is a rate cap system in place. Council does not set rates. The value of your property - in comparison to other properties in Monash - helps determine how much you pay in rates. The State Government - Valuer General Victoria (VGV) is responsible for producing property valuations used by Councils’ and other Rating and Taxation authorities. In 2016 the State Government introduced rate capping, to limit rate rises, and rates generally have been at around 2 -2.5% since then.

Confidentiality was a requirement of the process, which meant we were not able to consult earlier.

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Do you have a question about the project? Email us below and we will update the FAQs

Name Virginia Anderson
Email GlenWaverley.SportsHub@monash.vic.gov.au