Does the council realise that with over a forecasted 400 soccer players training and playing on the grass pitch next year the surface will be destroyed beyond repair. Any attempted upgrade to the surface would be a gross waste of money that could be put towards a synthetic surface.
FFV is looking to partner with metropolitan clubs and upgrade certain pitches to synthetic. Since Darebin Falcons are one of the biggest metropolitan soccer clubs in Victoria I feel this could could be explored further.
In the long term has the council considered altering the existing AFL ground into two soccer pitches with a cricket wicket in between, and installing the synthetic soccer pitch at Robinson Reserve?
This would mean relocating the Darebin Falcons junior AFL club and possibly both cricket clubs sharing the same venue.
Thank you again for your question submission and patience while the relevant areas responded accordingly.
Regarding the current turf maintenance works; the field at Capp Reserve is being levelled. These maintenance works are apart of an annual scheduled maintenance program
conducted on selected grounds each year to preserve the ground and ensure safe
In regards to FFV looking at partnership arrangements with
local clubs and synthetic pitches, we are in open communication with our FFV
club ambassador and opportunities to install synthetics would require further
investigation such as a feasibility study to explore all options including the
relocation of sports clubs.
Thank you for your time and feedback.
Has the council considered Synthetic turf as an option to resurface the reserve?
Has the council considered to change the layout of the ground and utilize the surrounding space more efficiently such as changing Soccer pitch direction in order to have a secondary small pitch and reallocate cricket pitch to minimize impact on the soccer pitch?
Thank you for your questions and interest in A.H. Capp and W.H. Robinson Reserves.
In reference to your first question, a synthetic turf at this location has not been considered as an
option. Whilst synthetic playing surfaces can help to maximise use, there is a
significant cost to such an investment which has not been considered in this
The long term planning for all sports fields across the
municipality will need to consider the use of synthetic surfaces in the future
and would be done so considering a number of factors such as current and future
users of the site. This location is close to residential properties and
experiences high levels of dog traffic which would create ongoing issues with
synthetic turf so it may not be the best option for this location.
In response to your second question, we always try to get the best use out of the spaces that we have
and Council works with the Clubs to maximise this whilst also juggling the
other users and uses of the playing area – both formal and informal.
Unfortunately there is not enough space on the site to relocate or change the
direction of the soccer pitch and keep the cricket pitch out of play for soccer
so the current configuration has been considered the best option for the
Thank you again for your questions.