Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment

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Darebin Council has an exciting opportunity to revitalise the sporting facilities at Bill Lawry Oval (BLO), Northcote to give our community access to the highest quality standard facilities. This will focus on finding the most appropriate design solution for how the facility can best cater for the requirements of the tenant Australian Rules, Netball and Cricket Clubs as well as best cater for a range of community uses.

Council is exploring options for the redevelopment of the Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) pavilion and grandstand. Tell us what you think to help shape the project.

What’s happened so far

In 2018/19 Council received $500,000 as part of the State Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund to upgrade the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval.

In 2018/2019 State sporting organisations Cricket Victoria and AFL Vic both pledged $100,000 each towards the redevelopment.

In 2019/20 the outdated public amenities block was upgraded with new accessible amenities. Minor cosmetic upgrades to the southern changeroom block were made so the facility can continue to be used during the design process; a turf upgrade of the oval also took place.

Council allocated funds to develop the design for new or upgraded facilities at BLO in the 2020/21 financial year.

Structural engineering advice has indicated that the grandstand and the sporting pavilion have come to the end of their service life, which presents an opportunity to revitalise the facility and increase community access.


What’s happening now


What we are considering for the redevelopment

Originally constructed in the early 1900s, the precinct is one of Darebin’s regional-level sporting facilities and is home to the Northcote Park Football Netball and Club, Northcote Cricket Club and Darebin Women’s Sports Club. In additional to these clubs, our vision is to make this a facility that all community members can be at home in.

We are excited to include your input into reimagining the Bill Lawry Oval facilities, and seek your feedback on the following draft proposal options:

  • Potential demolition of existing structures including the pavilion, grandstand and ancillary buildings which are in poor condition to make way for a new, integrated and sustainable 5-star Green Star rated facility.
  • Constructing a new regional-level pavilion, for general community use as well as providing contemporary changerooms, umpire facilities, ticket box, kitchen and kiosk.
  • Designing inclusive, fit for purpose facilities that will enable increased participation to attract new users to the clubs and activate the precinct.
  • Providing multipurpose social and community meeting and workshop spaces that will allow the facility to be used during the day and in the evenings and all year-round.
  • Integrating an accessible viewing area into the pavilion.
  • Constructing new paths and landscaping to connect the pavilion to entrances, the oval and the adjacent Oldis Gardens.


Tell us what you think

Tell us what you think about the draft proposal to help shape this project. You can share your thoughts by completing the survey below.

If you have any questions, please email leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8302

Please provide your feedback by 20 September 2020


What is happening next

Feedback on Council’s early proposal for the site will be collated and carefully considered. Once the scope for the project is finalised, Council will seek interest from architects to design the building.

To engage an architect to design the new facility, Council is planning an architectural design competition.

Once a concept design for the project has been developed, the community will have the opportunity to review and provided feedback on the more detailed elements of the design.


Darebin Council has an exciting opportunity to revitalise the sporting facilities at Bill Lawry Oval (BLO), Northcote to give our community access to the highest quality standard facilities. This will focus on finding the most appropriate design solution for how the facility can best cater for the requirements of the tenant Australian Rules, Netball and Cricket Clubs as well as best cater for a range of community uses.

Council is exploring options for the redevelopment of the Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) pavilion and grandstand. Tell us what you think to help shape the project.

What’s happened so far

In 2018/19 Council received $500,000 as part of the State Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund to upgrade the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval.

In 2018/2019 State sporting organisations Cricket Victoria and AFL Vic both pledged $100,000 each towards the redevelopment.

In 2019/20 the outdated public amenities block was upgraded with new accessible amenities. Minor cosmetic upgrades to the southern changeroom block were made so the facility can continue to be used during the design process; a turf upgrade of the oval also took place.

Council allocated funds to develop the design for new or upgraded facilities at BLO in the 2020/21 financial year.

Structural engineering advice has indicated that the grandstand and the sporting pavilion have come to the end of their service life, which presents an opportunity to revitalise the facility and increase community access.


What’s happening now


What we are considering for the redevelopment

Originally constructed in the early 1900s, the precinct is one of Darebin’s regional-level sporting facilities and is home to the Northcote Park Football Netball and Club, Northcote Cricket Club and Darebin Women’s Sports Club. In additional to these clubs, our vision is to make this a facility that all community members can be at home in.

We are excited to include your input into reimagining the Bill Lawry Oval facilities, and seek your feedback on the following draft proposal options:

  • Potential demolition of existing structures including the pavilion, grandstand and ancillary buildings which are in poor condition to make way for a new, integrated and sustainable 5-star Green Star rated facility.
  • Constructing a new regional-level pavilion, for general community use as well as providing contemporary changerooms, umpire facilities, ticket box, kitchen and kiosk.
  • Designing inclusive, fit for purpose facilities that will enable increased participation to attract new users to the clubs and activate the precinct.
  • Providing multipurpose social and community meeting and workshop spaces that will allow the facility to be used during the day and in the evenings and all year-round.
  • Integrating an accessible viewing area into the pavilion.
  • Constructing new paths and landscaping to connect the pavilion to entrances, the oval and the adjacent Oldis Gardens.


Tell us what you think

Tell us what you think about the draft proposal to help shape this project. You can share your thoughts by completing the survey below.

If you have any questions, please email leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8302

Please provide your feedback by 20 September 2020


What is happening next

Feedback on Council’s early proposal for the site will be collated and carefully considered. Once the scope for the project is finalised, Council will seek interest from architects to design the building.

To engage an architect to design the new facility, Council is planning an architectural design competition.

Once a concept design for the project has been developed, the community will have the opportunity to review and provided feedback on the more detailed elements of the design.

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    Tell us what you think about the draft proposal to help shape the project.

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