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Chelsworth Park New Pavilions

Chelsworth Park New Pavilions

We hope that you are all very excited for the start of the 2024 season.

As many of you are aware, Ivanhoe Grammar School and Banyule City Council have proposed a Redevelopment and Lease Amendment for Chelsworth Park, which includes the construction of two new pavilions along with a new lease agreement. This development is crucial for our club’s future, providing much-needed amenities and facilities to elevate our operations to a new level of excellence.

The proposed architecturally designed two-storey pavilion, features modern facilities including 4x changerooms, a kiosk and a gym on the ground floor, and on the upper level a large social room and deck overlooking the ground. Rest assured, access to the upper level is provided by both internal and external stairs along with a lift. The proposed design will not only enhance our club’s capabilities but also promote inclusivity and accessibility for all members of our community. Importantly, this development will provide safe changing facilities for women, addressing a long-standing need. Please visit the council website https://shaping.banyule.vic.gov.au/ChelsworthPark to access further information about the project

To ensure that this project moves forward successfully, we need your support. Your voices matter in advocating for the approval of this development plan. We urge each of you to write to the council expressing your support for the project. Your letters will play a crucial role in demonstrating the strong community backing for this initiative. Letters must be submitted by 11.59pm on Wednesday 27th March 2024.



There are two ways you can make a submission:

  1. Via the online form found here: https://shaping.banyule.vic.gov.au/ChelsworthPark or;
  2. In writing to Council.
    Quote Ref: F2013/1243, address your submission to the Chief Executive Officer, Banyule City Council and deliver to one of the following locations:
    • Banyule City Council Offices, Level 3, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough, 3088
    • Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub, Ground Floor, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, 3079
    • PO Box 94, Greensborough, 3088.



We have prepared a draft letter which you can personalise to reflect your own thoughts and experiences;


Ref: F2013/1243

Chelsworth Pavilion Redevelopment and Lease Amendment


Dear Cr McKern,

I am writing to you as a resident of [Ivanhoe/East Ivanhoe/Eaglemont/Banyule] and a passionate advocate for the enhancement of Chelsworth Park. As an active user of Chelsworth Park, I fully endorse the Chelsworth Pavilion Redevelopment and Lease Amendment Proposal.

The current facilities at Chelsworth Park are antiquated and ill-suited to meet the needs of our community. In particular, they fail to provide safe and inclusive facilities for women’s sports, hindering the participation and enjoyment of female athletes.

The proposed redevelopment offers an opportunity to address these shortcomings and create a modern, accessible space that fosters community engagement. I commend the significant financial commitment proposed by Ivanhoe Grammar School to fund this project and believe that the proposed lease, as presented, is fair and reasonable. The proposed plans meet the needs of our growing community, achieve design excellence, and enhance Chelsworth Park without causing adverse effects to the local environment.

Through this strategic investment in upgraded facilities, council has the ability to create an environment that embraces inclusivity, encourages community involvement, and caters to the varied recreational interests of residents. It is important for the whole of the Banyule community that this showpiece Open Space area has facilities that cater for girls, women, and people with disabilities. At the moment, it does not, and this opportunity should not be missed.

The location and size of the proposed clubrooms strike a perfect balance to provide the community with the facilities required, without impacting the amenity of Chelsworth Park. In fact, the proposed designs, with natural timber look finishes, ensure that the buildings blend into the environment far better than the existing pavilions. The proposed pavilions are a substantial distance from the nearest residents and cannot, by any measure, have any significant amenity impacts on the nearby residents. Any amenity impacts are far outweighed by the vast community benefits this proposal delivers.

As a user of Chelsworth Park, I greatly appreciate the fact that Ivanhoe Grammar keeps the grounds in immaculate condition, and all nearby residents benefit from this upkeep, as the school and local sports clubs only use the grounds for a fraction of the available daytime hours. I am grateful that this proposal will allow the council’s partnership with the school to continue into the future.

Please relay my strong endorsement of this proposal to the appropriate council officers. I am grateful for your attention to this matter and for your commitment to improving our local facilities.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]




If you would like to further support this initiative, we would love for you to come along to a community workshop to voice your support. Please see times and locations below along with the link to make a booking:

Sunday 17 March, 9.30am-11.30am, Chelsworth Park Timber Pavilion – BOOKINGS

Thursday 21 March, 7-8.30pm, Online – BOOKINGS

Saturday 23 March, 9.30-11.30am, Chelsworth Park Timber Pavilion – BOOKINGS




Let’s come together as a community to ensure that the Chelsworth Park redevelopment becomes a reality. Your participation is invaluable in shaping the future of our club and enhancing the facilities available to all members.

Thank you for your support and dedication to the OIGFC community.

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