New Synthetic Junior Pitches.

Mooroolbark Soccer Club is proud to announce that today the Yarra Ranges Council and the Victorian Government have approved and committed to the redevelopment of our junior pitches by converting them both to synthetic.

The Victorian Government through Sport Recreation Victoria will allocate $1.25m and the Yarra Ranges Council will contribute “like for like and cover any shortfall”.


What does this mean to Mooroolbark Soccer Club?

Over the next year or two Mooroolbark Soccer Club will have its current junior pitches dug up and new all weather synthetic pitches installed.

This will enable the club to continue its current growth and without over using the grounds.

It will also allow us to continue working with the local Chin Community and provide better playing facilities to the local schools that utilise our grounds.


In a Media Release by The Hon Marlene Kairouz MP it says

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Melbourne’s fastest growing outer suburbs build the infrastructure they need as part of the 2018/19 Growing Suburbs Fund.

  • Esther Park Mooroolbark will receive $1.25 million for a multi-pitch synthetic soccer facility with lighting, which will cater for junior and senior competition soccer.

The Labor Government has now provided $200 million through the Growing Suburbs fund, which is improving local infrastructure like family, community and town centres, and delivering civic revitalisation projects and open space improvements.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

“The Growing Suburbs Fund is building the infrastructure our fastest growing communities need.

We know that Melbourne’s outer suburbs are growing fast, that’s why we’re investing in local projects that local residents will benefit from for years to come.”

Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“These four new projects will make a real difference because they go to the heart of building what families need in our community.”

Quote attributable to Yarra Ranges Councilor Terry Avery

“I am very overjoyed with this significant outcome. Staff listened to my and the clubs growing concern about the dire need to upgrade the pitches and in turn advocated through the Growing Suburbs Fund for funding.

Sincere thanks to Council staff, Deputy Premier James Merlino and Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz who listened to the needs of their community.”

Quote attributable to Club President Mick Ashworth

“This has been a number of years in the making, I have been working with the Council on a couple of major projects over the last 3-4 years. From the redevelopment of the main clubrooms to include female friendly change rooms, the temporary female change rooms and this, the junior pitches. Today is a great day for our club and one I’m very proud to have such an involvement with.

Thanks to great staff at the Council, Cr Terry Avery,Deputy Premier James Merlino and Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz,”


You can read the Councils Statement here.

You can see the Statement on the Premiers website here.