The vision for Windy Hill has been unanimously endorsed by Council after months of hard work by local residents, tenant clubs, community groups and Council.
Windy Hill is an icon of Moonee Valley and we’re excited about what the future holds for the precinct!
The vision sets out the blueprint for what Windy Hill could look like in the future. It includes not only our thoughts on the future of Windy Hill, but also some suggestions that our community and key stakeholders have shared with us.
There are many ways to realise the community’s ideas for Windy Hill and there will need to be a lot of planning going forward for how this will look.
We’ve received a lot of feedback about keeping the spirit of football alive at Windy Hill and we understand that it holds a special place in the heart of the Essendon people and they are proud of their local history. It is absolutely our intention to maintain the history of the football club at Windy Hill. More work with Essendon Football Club will determine what this looks like.
We’ve worked closely with Essendon Football Club and all the clubs at the precinct throughout this process. They have all endorsed the vision and signalled their intent to partner with Council on realising this vision.
The vision will ensure that Windy Hill is a place that the community is proud of, with quality opportunities for sport, recreation, leisure and events, and a culturally and socially rich precinct that acknowledges the history of the site.
Where to from here?
Now that we have an agreed vision we can begin planning for the future of the precinct.
As anyone who has been involved in this process knows, we want to make this a place of and for the people and so it’s important that the community and key stakeholders are involved every step of the way.
To fully realise the vision, Council will need partners. The community wants the Essendon Football Club to have a strong presence at the space, but neither Council nor the football club can achieve the vision alone.
In order to realise the vision we will need support from various partners, including agencies, services, state and federal governments, state sporting associations and the current tenants (Essendon Football Club and Essendon Croquet Club) and subtenants (Essendon Cricket Club, Essendon Bowls Club, Essendon District Football League, community groups and the Windy Hill Fitness Centre).
We look forward to working closely with these partners in order to start determining the priorities for the space.
The vision incorporates feedback from community members who had a range of suggestions. Some people have suggested removing the grandstands while others want to retain them. Regardless of whether people want to remove or retain the grandstands, there is consensus that they are in very poor shape and in urgent need of upkeep and so we will look to investigate this as part of determining maximum benefit for the community.
We continue to welcome any feedback or suggestions from the community. To keep up-to-date with the project or to have your say please feel free to visit the project page.