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Yarra Park landscape works
August 22, 2014

We take this opportunity to provide an update on some important landscape works taking place as part of the Melbourne Cricket Club’s Yarra Park Master Plan (YPMP).

The YPMP has a number of key objectives – some of which have already been met through the installation of an underground water recycling facility and others which will be achieved through landscape works that are still to be implemented.

The first phase of these works has commenced and will focus on park amenity and the preservation of park heritage, including:

• Upgrading park furniture (picnic tables, park benches and playground equipment).
• Installing BBQs, drinking fountains and replacing bins.
• Improving lighting, directional signage and paving.
• Protecting Indigenous scar trees, improving the cabin shelter and planting.

This phase of works is expected to be completed in time for the 2014 Boxing Day Test.

The second phase will focus on the southern section of the park adjacent to MCG Gate 6 and Brunton Avenue. These works are scheduled to commence after the 2014 AFL Grand Final and also be completed in time for the 2014 Boxing Day Test.

Upon completion, this section of the park will offer:

• An open space with seating and standing room which acts as a central meeting place for patrons on match days.
• A safe bus drop-off facility and taxi drop-off zone for disabled patrons on match days via a service road.
• A location for temporary parking for vehicles attending the National Sports Museum and MCG Tours during non-event periods.

The NSM currently does not have any dedicated car parking on non-event days, with visitors to the museum parking in the CBD or along Wellington Parade, Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace. These facilities will reduce traffic and parking in these residential streets.

All works have been approved by Heritage Victoria and have been planned in accordance with preserving the existing trees, with no net loss of trees or parkland as a result of the development. Heritage-listed paths will be maintained.

Considerable planning has been undertaken in relation to traffic movements, noise and access to park amenities to minimise the impact of the works on residents and MCG patrons.

For any queries, please contact the MCC on (03) 9657 8888 or email


Use of barbecues in Yarra Park

Click here to read more about the requirements of patrons wishing to use barbecues or distribute/sell alcohol in Yarra Park.


Water Recycling Facility nominated for Banksia Award - August 22, 2013


Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility video
December 10, 2012

Watch this video on You Tube about the water recycling facility in Yarra Park, which aired on Ten News Melbourne.


Water Recycling Facility in Yarra Park wins award
December 7, 2012

The water recycling facility located in Yarra Park, adjacent to the MCG, has won the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award at the Australian Water Association Awards (Victorian Branch).

Read more


Two green boxes mark the entrances to the underground water recycling facility in Yarra Park.Water recycling project now a reality
November 23, 2012

Victoria’s largest underground water recycling facility, located in Yarra Park adjacent to the Gate 2 members’ entrance at the MCG, has become a reality with construction completed and water being supplied to the parkland.

The $24 million project, funded by the MCC ($18 million) and the Victorian Government ($6 million), treats sewage from the local sewerage network to Class A recycled water standards.

Tenix commenced construction on the 25 x 31 metre site in May last year and recently completed a comprehensive testing regime to ensure the water quality meets EPA guidelines.

More than 180 million litres of recycled water will be produced each year, reducing the MCC’s use of potable water by approximately 50 per cent. It is expected that this significant reduction will see the club removed from Victoria’s top 200 water users list.

The water will then be re-used primarily as irrigation in Yarra Park, as well as for cleaning and toilet flushing at the MCG and at nearby Punt Road Oval. 

As one of the first of its type in Victoria, the recycling facility has been built underground, out of public view, without taking away from valuable surface land use or park amenity.

For the technically minded, the water recycling process consists of screening and grit removal, biological treatment of the sewage and chemical addition for phosphate removal, filtration via membrane bioreactor and ultra-filtration membrane systems, before finally disinfection via ultraviolet and chlorination.

“Development of a water recycling facility is the cornerstone of our master plan for the long-term health and viability of Yarra Park,” said MCC CEO Stephen Gough.  “It will also substantially reduce our reliability on potable water and increase the amenity for all park users.”


Yarra ParkThe MCC has developed a number of documents that are central to its overall strategy for the health of Yarra Park. 

These include a Master Plan, Cultural and Heritage Management Plan, a Landscape Master Plan and a Management and Improvement Plan, which covers the first three to four years of planned activities. 

Permits and works approvals for various aspects of the project have also been sought from several organisations including Heritage Victoria, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, City West Water, Department of Health, City of Melbourne, VicRoads and Environment Protection Authority.

This extensive consultation is necessary to ensure all legislative requirements are met, as well as providing an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to this significant development in Yarra Park.


Yarra Park Advisory Committee

A Yarra Park Advisory Committee has been formed to provide input into the proposed works:

Pat McNamara (MCG Trust - chair), Stephen Gough (MCC), Cr Cathy Oke (City of Melbourne), Francis Khoo and Stuart Hamilton (community representatives nominated by City of Melbourne), Dr Michelle Gallan and Dr Greg Moore (Victorian Government appointees).


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