Western Melbourne Group (WMG) has given a key update on plans for the Wyndham City Stadium and its surrounding precinct.
WMG, the parent company of Western United FC – has committed to the week commencing October 25, 2021 as the time to get construction underway for the new stadium – based at Leakes Road in Tarneit.
Situated 600 metres west of the Leakes and Sewell Road intersection, the early works will see the construction of the site’s haul road to create access to the stadium site for construction vehicles, as well as upgrades to Leakes Road and construction of the interim Ison Road.
Early works are able to proceed while the stadium and the surrounding precinct’s Concept Master Plan awaits the tick of approval. This plan was submitted to the Victorian State Government in July.
Refreshed timeframes have also been established, given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19.
“We thank all of our stakeholders, members and fans for their unwavering support as we continue to work hard on delivering a world-class precinct,” WMG Chairman Jason Sourasis said in a statement on WU’s official website.
“Over the past two pandemic affected years, the club has grown enormously to not only field an A-League team but to include a youth academy with two teams playing in the Victorian NPL, securing a W-League licence for the 2022/23 season, the establishment of a women’s development program, as well as Frame Football and Powerchair teams.
“Whilst the planning process has taken longer than we had hoped, it is vitally important we get the masterplan for the whole precinct right from the start.
“The precinct will allow for the continued growth of our sporting organisation as we expand our academies and pathways further, as well as building a sporting centrepiece for the rapidly growing population in the west of Melbourne.
“This project will shift the professional sporting landscape, as it is the first of its kind in our country. In addition to the sporting legacy, our project gives the west of Melbourne a social and economic boost, which is much needed in these challenging times.”
Additional information on Western Melbourne Group’s project can be viewed via their website here.