The Casey Fields Master Plan was adopted by the City of Casey on 3 July 2018.
Casey Fields is a hub for local sport and recreation. The facilities set in parkland is the heart of regional sport for South East Melbourne. The setting encourages residents and visitors at all fitness levels to be active.
The Casey Fields Master Plan 2018 sets the strategic direction for development, renewal and management over the next 20 years. The plan has direction on the site elements and improvements to the area. Improvements include the parkland setting, informal open spaces, paths and road network and car parking. The plan also reviews and details each of the sporting precincts within Casey Fields. The development is underpinned by the vision to improve health and wellbeing. Our community is encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing in their way.
Proposed Developments for delivery in future years:
- Dog Friendly Space
- 5 km Fitness Trail
- Regional Playspace Expansion for sensory and water play
- Multi-purpose open space areas
- Stormwater infrastructure improvements
- Casey Football (Soccer) Centre of Excellence (Stage 1 Community Football facilities complete early 2020)
- Regional Netball Facility
Casey Fields Development Project - Construction Complete
In May of 2009 the City of Casey was successful in obtaining funding assistance of $8.945 million from the Federal Government’s Regional Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects to undertake the Casey Fields Development Project.
The State Government has also contributed $400,000 towards the project as part of the Community Support Fund adding further value to the facilities being constructed as part of the development project.
The total project cost is $10.995 million which includes Council contribution of the value of the land and project management costs.
The project also includes internal access road and car park construction and extensive landscaping works which include advanced tree planting throughout the site and higher detail garden beds at specific locations.
To date the following facilities have been completed:
- VFL Pavilion extensions (opened 2010 and upgraded in 2020)
- Regional BMX Facility (opened 2018)
- Regional Playspace (opened 2011)
- Regional Athletics (opened April 2011)
- Regional Rugby League Fields (opened 2009) & Pavilion (opened 2013)
- VFL Football - Casey Scorpions VFL Football Club (opened April 2006)
- AFL Training Base
- Premier Cricket - Casey-South Melbourne Premier Cricket Club (opened November 2006)
- 3 Netball Courts (opened April 2006)
- 12 Tennis Courts (opened April 2006)
- Cycling/ HPV Criterium Track (opened April 2006)
- 2 Rugby Fields (opened September 2007)
- Village Green (opened March 2006)
- Lakes & Passive Leisure Area (opened March 2006)
- 3km of Walking Paths (over 2 km opened March 2006)
- 4 Football/ Cricket Ovals (opened February 2006)
- Golf Practice Cage (opened July 2006)
Casey Fields Soccer of Excellence
Demand for soccer facilities are booming so the City of Casey has undertaken planning for a Casey Soccer Centre of Excellence at Casey Fields.
Casey Fields, Council’s 76-hectare site in Cranbourne East, has fast established a reputation as the premier sports and leisure facility of Melbourne’s south east.
This project is of regional significance and it will consist of two functional components: a stadium facility with turf pitch and a community facility comprising four synthetic pitches and associated pavilion. The centre will offer a comprehensive range of soccer facilities that can be used for state, regional and local competitions and programs that will assist to increase participation and the local development of soccer.
The stadium facility features a high quality turf pitch and covered spectator seating for 500 people. As a Football Federation Victoria Class A level facility it will be capable of catering for State level competition, and as such, the potential to support the activities of Casey’s most successful soccer teams, both male and female, as they progress through the state competitive soccer structure.
Casey Soccer Centre of Excellence – Community Facilities
The key aspect of the community facilities is the four fully floodlit synthetic pitch configuration that will provide sustainable soccer facility access for both training and match play activities. The pavilion has been designed with eight change rooms to support simultaneous match play on all four pitches and support the needs of spectators.
Identified in Council’s strategic plans (Regional Soccer Strategy and Leisure Facilities and Development Plan), the community facility is able to meet a range of requirements, including:
- Local soccer club based activities – training and matches
- Football Federation Victoria (FFV) regional and state squad training
- FFV Victorian Champions League (formerly Summer League)
- School use
- Clinics / academies
- Alternate sport use e.g. other sports pre-season training
An assessment of the demand for the Casey Soccer Centre of Excellence estimates an indicative base level of users would be in excess of 140,000 per year.
At a cost of $19.467 million, $15.398 million was sought from the Federal Government to fund the project which is part of the on-going implementation of the Casey Fields Master Plan.
Council has demonstrated its commitment to realising the vision of Casey Fields with $16 million already invested at the site, in addition to the $10.595 million Casey Fields Development Project, comprising a regional athletics complex, regional playground, shade structures, roads, car parks and landscaping, that were complete in 2011.
With a detailed business plan, needs assessment, preliminary designs and no further town planning permits required, work can commence on the Casey Soccer Centre of Excellence within six months.
The proposed facilities will service rapidly growing regional catchments, including the City of Casey, which itself will grow from 260,000 to 450,000 in the next 20 years.