Updated April 2021
The Racecourse Works master planning and delivery activity is now well underway. The Development Agreement, which was entered into in 2017 with Australia’s leading superannuation fund Hostplus and renowned developer Hamton, is actively in its construction phase for Stage 1. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity over the next 15 years will deliver a new world-class racing facility that is supported by an urban designed residential, retail, commercial and lifestyle precinct. It is exciting to watch the progress being made to deliver the vision to transform the 98-acre Moonee Valley Racecourse site.
The masterplan for the Racecourse Precinct has been the focus for MVRC in 2020 to respond to the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Special Use Zone and the Advisory Panel recommendations.
The masterplan will guide and inform critical infrastructure, service requirements, movement & access and built form for the redevelopment of the Racecourse Precinct. Importantly, activities under the masterplan are to be finalised before the detailed design phase can commence for the new infrastructure, i.e. Grandstand, Track & Infield.
Please be advised the Your Say page for community feedback on the Moonee Valley Racecourse Masterplan is now open. You can access the link here: https://yoursay.mvcc.vic.gov.au/mvrcmasterplan
The MVRC, in collaboration with Council is continuing to investigate non-racing future uses of the areas in the Infield to deliver the redevelopment vision for the benefit of local residents and the greater community.
Upon completion of the detailed design phase, the program for demolition activities of the existing grandstand and the delivery of the new Racecourse Precinct will be confirmed.
Early works are complete to make way for the first stage of terraces and townhomes at Moonee Valley Park’s ‘Feehan Row’. The construction commencement milestone was achieved in August 2020, with the first Moonee Valley Park residents due to move in early 2022 who will enjoy a stunning botanic amenity adjacent to Tote Park.
The Thomas Street Apartments, the first apartment building, located in the Legends Car Park fronting onto Thomas Street, is programmed to commence construction in May 2021. This boutique apartment building will comprise 69 apartments; with the sales campaign well underway.
The refurbishment and re-imagination of the historic Tote building will be complete in July 2021, with TOTE Bar & Dining launching in August 2021. From project inception, MVRC’s guiding principle has been to preserve and enhance the heritage character of the original Tote building, which has unique stature and significance in Australian racing history.
The revitalised structure complements and directly interfaces with the new Tote Park, creating a contemporary dining, recreation and community precinct at the main entrance to The Valley. The Tote building remains the primary visual element within the new landscaped setting.
To enable the construction of Tote Park and the significant demolition activities for phase 1 of the redevelopment, the Club relocated its administration function early in 2020. This signified an important first step in the MVRC’s transformational journey.
MVRC’s new administration office is now located on Level 3 of the Grandstand with the Membership & Customer Service team residing at the top of the tunnel in the Celebrity Foyer. The newly energised collaborative working environment is being enjoyed by staff now we have returned to the office with the COVID restrictions easing.