1. All the following buildings and structures at Victoria Park marked on Diagram 75 held by the Executive Director:
B1 Jack Ryder Stand including the rear wall
B2 Sherrin Stand
B3 R. T. Rush Stand
B4 Concrete wall along Bath and Turner Streets
B5 Brick perimeter wall along Abbott Street
B6 Brick wall along Lulie Street including Members Seasons Tickets entrance (Gates 5, 6, 7, and 8 and turnstile)
B7 Social Club Building
2. All the land marked L1 on Diagram 75 held by the Executive Director being the land described in Certificate of Title Volume 1320 Folio 908.
A decision has been reached
The Yarra City has applied for a permit to undertake works as per the latest Master Plan and Heritage Victoria issued the permit, albeit in a slightly modified state.
The R T Rush stand as we have known it for over forty years will lose its roof and the upper two thirds of terracing.
We will lose a large amount of retaining wall along Turner Street and the parts retained will be up to a height of just 600mm. These bricks were hand made by convicts and recycled by the Collingwood Football Club in 1929 when the wall was erected by SUSSOs. (Sustainence Workers, or SUSSOs, were part of the first 'work for the dole' scheme. The City of Collingwood had already been suffering for some years with the onset of the depression, the work provided by the Football Club was a welcome relief for local Flatites)
'One-Eyed Hill' will be reprofiled. This has not happened since it was first built up to its current level in 1892!
Regardless of ongoing usage of the football ground by the VFL Umpires, Richmond FC, Melbourne FC, Collingwood Knights FC, Collingwood FC, the TAC Cup competition and the Fitzroy Reds, it still appears the City of Yarra intend to open the oval up as general park land.
THIS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!
People have been buried on that oval based on the understanding that the Collingwood Football Club will always be playing football there. We owe it to the resting souls of our fellow Magpies to DO SOMETHING NOW!
July 23rd 2008
Meeting Monday, August 4th 2008 5:30pm
Heritage Victoria Room 12 - Level 4 8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne
ID will be required and only people whose names are listed will be allowed entry.
On behalf of all those millions of supporters that have been to one of the Collingwood Football Club's 910 league game's at Victoria Park over the 107 years that they played there, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the people at Heritage Victoria.
The Heritage Council has listed the Collingwood stadium. Here's their press release dated yesterday. The score board and timeclock are included in the listing.
The chair of the Heritage Council, Ms Chris Gallagher, said it was important to protect a place with such a rich association with our sporting heritage.
“Victoria Park is a very significant site in our sporting history, and not just for Collingwood fans,” she said.
“Victoria Park has historical and social significance as the home of Collingwood Football Club for 112 years, and its association with sporting greats including Bob Rose, Lou Richards, the Sherrin family and cricketers Keith Stackpole and Jack Ryder,” Ms Gallagher said.
The Heritage Council has added Victoria Park to the register for its historical, social and architectural significance to the State.
Collingwood Council set aside Victoria Park in 1882 and the Collingwood Football Club played matches at the ground from 1892 until 1999, and continued to use it as a base until 2005.
The registration covers the land and structures, including the Jack Ryder stand which was build in 1929 and named after cricketer Jack Ryder. It also covers the Social Club stand (S A Coventry Stand), built in 1959. Collingwood was the first league team to form a social club and the first to obtain a liquor licence in 1940. The R. T. Rush stand, built in 1966, is also protected. The Sherrin Stand, named after the well-known Collingwood family, was built in 1969, and is also protected. Other important elements at the ground are the oval, grassed embankment and walls. The grassed embankment dates back to 1892, and at its highest point is traditionally associated with Collingwood supporters and known as “One Eye Hill”. A number of entrances, exits, turnstiles and ticket boxes are also protected. And the scoreboard and timeclock have also been added to the register.
The Collingwood Football Club was one of the eight founding members of the VFL in 1897 and has been one of the most successful and popular league football clubs. It inspired a play, The Club, by David Williamson, and the subsequent film used Victoria Park as a backdrop.
The registration means that a permit is required for alternations or development of the site.