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The SMJFL in conjunction with AFL Victoria, Southern Football Netball League (SFNL), Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and the below listed councils have developed a regional strategy that aims to identify, prioritise and plan for the development of football facilities to better address the future needs of the Melbourne South Region.

The Strategy highlights gaps in current facility provision, opportunities to upgrade facilities and proposes new developments based on current and projected participation requirements.


  • Bayside City Council
  • City of Casey
  • Frankston City Council
  • City of Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong Council
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Monash
  • City of Stonnington

SMJFL CEO Sarah Loh was pleased that the final strategy is now complete “The SMJFL has had a significant role in getting the strategy to this point” Lo said.

“We were very proactive in the need for a strategy that would future proof our current facilities and in turn ensure that the predicted growth of participation in our league is catered for by identifying new facilities”.

Loh acknowledged the support of AFL Victoria, SFNL, VAFA and LGA partners in making the strategy a reality

“The SMJFL initially invested $50,000 to commission the strategy, however investment from the other partners helped reduce the leagues investment to under $10,000, something we are very grateful for”.

insideEDGE Sport & Leisure Planning Consultants were commissioned to audit facilities and develop the full strategy in consultation with the strategy partners.

The strategy has already yielded funding from AFL Victoria for the following facility projects:

  • Le Page Park- $50K unisex changerooms (Cheltenham JFC) – City of Kingston
  • McKinnon Reserve- $40K lighting (St Paul’s McKinnon JFC) -City of Glen Eira
  • Centenary Park – $40K lighting (St Peters JFC) – City of Glen Eira
  • JL Murphy Reserve – $100k pavilion (Port Melbourne Colts JFC) –  City of Port Phillip

View the full strategy document here – Melbourne South Regional Football Facilities Strategy FINAL