Donnybrook’s residential areas have continued to expand and create opportunities for people raising families, with the announcement of the Wallaby Donnybrook Early Learning Centre and a nine-hectare sports and outdoor precinct.
More than 600 residents occupy 225 homes in Olivine by Mirvac – projected to grow to 11,000 over coming years.
Mirvac residential Victoria general manager Elysa Anderson said the added amenities would provide lifelong living and learning opportunities to residents.
“Along with the opening of Hume Anglican Grammar’s Donnybrook campus in 2019 and the proposed Hayes Hill State Primary School, the Wallaby Donnybrook Early Learning Centre will be located within Olivine’s education precinct and forms part of our commitment to providing access to quality and affordable education, as well as lifelong learning opportunities,” she said.
“The new sports and outdoor precinct at Olivine will continue our commitment to early delivery of amenity at Olivine and is an important part of community building for this growing neighbourhood and the surrounding areas.”
The childcare centre, set to provide for a capacity of about 120 children between the ages of six weeks to five years old, is privately owned and operated, with five other locations currently in greater Melbourne.
The centre is designed to have dedicated rooms for all ages, a commercial kitchen as well as indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces.
In the sports and outdoor precinct, residents will have access to a district skate park, fitness stations, a fenced dog park, netball and futsal courts, cricket nets and run-up area, and two fenced football/cricket ovals to deliver the company’s strategy of fostering healthy and connected communities.
Ms Anderson said each space had been carefully considered to ensure there was something for all people of all abilities.
“The fitness court will be completed with a respite area and fitness stations to encourage full body workouts,” she said.
“The fenced dog park with be comprised of two areas to accommodate for large and energetic dogs and small and low energy dogs.
“The skate park will be suitable for competition grade skating, but for anyone at beginner, intermediate and advanced skating, riding and scootering.”
The outdoor spaces will be lined with a planned community sports pavilion that will have two wings.
The northern wing will feature a community social area and the southern wing will include change rooms to support nearby sports teams who make the precinct their home.
The Wallaby Donnybrook Early Learning Centre is scheduled to open in early 2023, pending planning approval, while the sports and outdoor precinct is likely to open in early 2022.