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Here is the article:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/demons-grand-plan-for-yarra-park-training-ground-revealed/news-story/2b03a10790eb2d8e7fda2a34eaa0aef6

Here is a little snippet for those who cannot get around the paywall. This sounds pretty sensational:

The Herald Sun can reveal the ­Demons are eyeing a prized parcel of parkland, in the northeastern corner of the MCG precinct, for a full-sized football oval.

The bold proposal would also see a six-storey complex boasting an ­office wing, a world-class gym and medical facilities, built on top of rail tracks next to Jolimont Station

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Here is a picture of roughly where it would go when completed.  I will add that in the article it says no formal decision has been made, but we have been in talks with the state government over this option for some time.

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Interesting. How does a footy oval fit there though? I’ll look on google later. Will cost a mint to develop?

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What a sensational prospect.  A real 'Home'. 

Can we ever thank Peter Jackson enough.

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About time we had a plan we need our own facilities ASAP.

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Current car park? Thought when they announced car parks will be shut down this year that was a chance for us to get a training facility in one of those spaces.

That would be unreal, Dees, Pies and Tigs all within cooee of each other and us back training on our land.

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Why cant we just train on the MCG?     We are the original tenant. We started playing there in the 1800's for gods sake.

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But will there be a social club to keep the plebians away from those snooty folk in the Northern Stand?

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2 minutes ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

But will there be a social club to keep the plebians away from those snooty folk in the Northern Stand?

yes, we take over the hilton

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The Greens and locals in East Melbourne won't like this. Unless an unmarked envelope is involved.

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1 minute ago, david_neitz_is_my_dad said:

I thought about this spot but surely there isnt enough space

We'll be perfectly prepared for the Alice game with the overhanging tree in the pocket 

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3 minutes ago, praha said:

The Greens and locals in East Melbourne won't like this. Unless an unmarked envelope is involved.

well the oval would be open to the public during non-training periods and the parkland involved would be free from parking....so there are benefits for locals and greens

the club building facilities will be on railway land so that shouldn't upset them

they will probably still get upset just because they can though

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5 minutes ago, david_neitz_is_my_dad said:

I thought about this spot but surely there isnt enough space

it's a pretty significant and large part of the park.

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I know someone who has been working on this.

There will be enough space.

from what I’ve seen/heard it’s very exciting.

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In your dreams... The annexation of public parkland (sure we call it a car park) for an elite sporting code...

Even over in Royal Park there was enormous pushback to the hospital expansion.

Good ambit claim

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1 minute ago, hells bells said:

I know someone who has been working on this.

There will be enough space.

from what I’ve seen/heard it’s very exciting.

More more more more more more more more more...................................

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2 minutes ago, daisycutter said:

well the oval would be open to the public during non-training periods and the parkland involved would be free from parking....so there are benefits for locals and greens

the club building facilities will be on railway land so that shouldn't upset them

they will probably still get upset just because they can though

True.

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The article is pretty close to the mark.  There is a commercial element the development of the Victrack site too. Lots of water to go under the bridge though.

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1 minute ago, Diamond_Jim said:

In your dreams... The annexation of public parkland (sure we call it a car park) for an elite sporting code...

Even over in Royal Park there was enormous kickback to the hospital expansion.

Good ambit claim

It's a bit like looney Yarra Council councillors complaining and pushing for a ban to parking in the grounds for events. Because 60+ years of cars parking there has done so much damage to the park...

There will undoubtedly be backlash and I imagine pushback from some environmental councillors. 

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The prospect of this has me extremely excited. I may need to sit down. Will chuck $$ at the club to make this happen 

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1 minute ago, hells bells said:

The article is pretty close to the mark.  There is a commercial element the development of the Victrack site too.

This has been in the works for a while though hasn't it? Building over the tracks between Flinders and Jolimont, and Jolimont to...I wanna say East Richmond?

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I think that development is more covering of the train lines west and south of the MCG towards Richmond Station.

This is unrelated I believe.

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Just now, praha said:

It's a bit like looney Yarra Council councillors complaining and pushing for a ban to parking in the grounds for events. Because 60+ years of cars parking there has done so much damage to the park...

There will undoubtedly be backlash and I imagine pushback from some environmental councillors. 

One has to try but it's not a good time to be asking.

Look at the complaints State governments are getting regarding stadium developments in Melbourne and Sydney.

To make these schemes work you need to take a complex that has a cost to Council and say we will maintain it in return for using it for x hours and then it is public space for the remainder. Yarra Park doesn't meet the criteria.

Gosch's paddock on the other does albeit that it is not a great site. Another example is the Magpies with the old greyhound track.

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