Ferguson's Last Stand
In early March 2023, Boroondara Council finally unveiled imminent plans for Glenferrie Oval, including the long awaited demolition of the Ferguson Stand, the future of the space currently occupied by the Stand, and mention of the redevelopment of the Tuck Stand.
Many local residents would be aware that this demolition and development project has been earmarked since the 2009 Council adoption of the masterplan for the area and has appeared in several budgets, with no sign of progress. The Glenferrie Times reported in June 2022 that community feedback assisted in re-prioritising this project, with work now predicted to begin in April 2023. The 57-year-old Ferguson Stand has sat virtually unused since 2006, when Hawthorn Football Club relocated to Waverley Park and has since become derelict.
Council stated that work on the demolition is expected to take between seven and nine weeks. Once completed, it will open up approximately 500m2 of land. Existing landscaping close to the stand, including the grove of Eucalyptus trees, will remain unaffected by the demolition. However, seven Hawthorn Community Garden plots will need to be removed to make way for the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) accessible pathway. Options to rehouse the garden plots are 'currently being explored', and are 'subject to budget approvals', according to Council.
Features listed for the new open space in the concept draft are;
Salvaged steel beams from the Ferguson Stand
New grassed area
Approximately 12 new trees plus garden beds
Bluestone plaza with seating
A new pathway
Boroondara Council are currently seeking community feedback on the new open space plan, while specifically requesting preferences on just two aspects including; the type of trees and plants used (exotic or Australian native) and whether outdoor exercise equipment should be installed (subject to available funding). In addition, they are asking respondents to submit any special memories or a story about the Glenferrie Oval or the Ferguson Stand. After receiving community feedback, council hope to finalise the landscaping plan by mid-2023 and work is scheduled for a tentative 'mid-late 2023' start.
During demolition, a safety fence around the Ferguson Stand, including the garden plots and trees, will be erected. Council stated that 'pedestrian access to the rail underpass and Tuck Stand will remain open'. During the removal of the Ferguson Stand, preliminary work is expected to commence on the refurbishment of the neighbouring heritage listed Tuck Stand. More information on these refurbishment plans will be released later this year.
Have your say on the draft landscape plan for the new open space at engage.boroondara.vic.gov.au/glenferrie-oval-precinct-revitalisation.
Feedback closes 5pm on Sunday 16 April 2023.