Thank you to everyone who participated in this stage of consutlation.

We had a great response rate:

  • over 450 online surveys completed
  • 3 detailed submissions
  • a number of in person conversations with Club representatives, and
  • we provided responses to 4 questions uploaded on this page

We are currently analysing the responses and we'll be providing a report on the outcomes and next steps in the coming weeks.

We're in the early stages of planning for the long term management of Burnley Golf Course. We also need to address safety risks associated with balls entering nearby roads and railway lines.

The course is greatly valued by the community both as a sporting and social outlet and also as a wonderful outdoor green space. So if you are interested in how Burnley Golf Course is used now, or how it could be in the future, we want to hear from you.

What do we need to consider?

  • safety risks associated with golf balls entering nearby roads and railway lines
  • maintaining and growing the popularity of this sporting facility
  • maximising participation from a broad and diverse cross section of the community
  • other potential benefits including access to open space, the unique natural environment and facilities
  • value for money solutions for both our ratepayers and course users

What do we love about Burnley?

Burnley Golf Course attracts 40,000 visits a year from Yarra residents as well as from across broader metropolitan Melbourne and these numbers are growing. It's currently ranked among Australia's top 20 busiest 9-hole courses. Its also home to two vibrant and active golf clubs.

The course attracts people of diverse backgrounds and ages, provides a dedicated and subsidised community program to not for profits and has a strong record on women's participation in golf. Nestled among heritage Sugar and River Red Gums its bush land provides unique habitat for local wildlife and relief from urban heat in an area lacking access to open space.

Read more about the course history, clubs, competitions and facilities.

Some preliminary work on planning and options

Preliminary work was needed to support an open conversation around likely costs, planning and safety issues, but at this stage we are open to all ideas including completely new options, as long as the safety issues are addressed.

Options in the preliminary work included:

  • the details and costs for adequate boundary fencing
  • re-configuring the course to address safety issues (this would allow potential upgrading of facilities and broadening the use of the space to attract more users, for a similar cost as above

We would also consider any combination of the above options as long as safety issues are addressed. This scenario might mean more or less spending and/or space is available for new or upgraded facilities depending on how the community tell us elements should be prioritised.

There are positives and challenges to consider with all of these scenarios. You can explore them in more detail by clicking on the tiles below.

Tell us your priorities and share feedback on the possibilities in the survey below by Sunday 26 April. You can also upload a submission if you have more detail to provide.

Burnley Golf Course aerial photo with locations of potential future additions
Potential location for an upgraded pavilion
Potential location for maintenance shed
Protective fencing on Madden Grove
Potential site for a short game facility
Possible site for potential mini-golf facility
Location for potential addition of bush walk
Protective fencing along Monash Freeway boundary
Course redesign options

Survey now closed

The image above shows the protective fencing option (at least 30 meters high x 2 lengths totaling 725 meters) at an estimated cost of $4-5 million removal of existing fencing and any other soil or structural works may add to this estimate.
I fully support this option
I think I support this option
Not sure
I don't think I support this option
Definitely not
What is your initial thinking on this option?
Short game facilities catering to time poor and beginner players has been shown to encourage a broader range of participants to the game.
I definitely support this idea
I think I support this
Not sure
I don't think I support this
I definitely don't support this
How would you feel about including a short game facility alongside the full course for shorter games, training and practice programming?
Mini golf at other venues has successfully attracted new visitors and a broader range of participants, including families.
I definitely support his idea
I think I support this
Not sure
I don't think I support this
I definitely don't support this
What are your thoughts on including a mini golf facility designed to blend with the natural setting of Burnley Golf Course?
A new or upgraded club house and pro shop will be required in future years to ensure longevity and accommodate increased numbers. Indicative costings estimate a range of $3-6 million.
I definitely support this idea
I think I support this idea
Not sure
I don't think I support this
I definitely don't support this
What is your initial thinking on upgraded or new facilities?
The remnant bushland along the southern border of the course offers opportunities to broaden access to this natural green space with a short bush walk.
I definitely like support this idea
I think I support this idea
Not sure
I don't think I support this idea
I definitely don't support this
How do you feel about this idea?
A course redesign may be needed if community support for the erection of the full length of containment fencing is limited. It may involve new tees, new greens and a slightly shorter course with a different layout of par 3 and 4 holes.
I definitely support this approach
I think I support this approach
Not sure
I don't think I support this
I definitely don't support this
What are your initial thoughts on redesigning the course if it addresses safety risks and/or accommodates other features prioritised by the community?
Addressing the safety concerns without community support for the erection of any of the new fencing would require reconfiguration potentially to a 9 hole 3 par offering from the current 9 hole 3 and 4 par offering.
Definitely worth considering
I think this might be a good option
Not sure
I don't think I support this
I definitely don't support this
What are your initial thoughts on this approach?
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