The new $9.6 million Community Soccer Development at Painted Hills Reserve in Doreen is open and ready for action.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, representing Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek, officially opened the soccer development and new community pavilion today.

The development received $3.275 million from the 2016-17 round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.

The Soccer Centre will be home to the newly-formed Doreen United Soccer Club but can also be used for community events. It includes two new floodlit soccer pitches and a fully accessible Community Pavilion with four changing rooms, a meeting space and kitchen.

The project has been delivered by Whittlesea City Council, which contributed $5.4 million. Additional funding came from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Victoria Asian Cup Legacy Fund ($650,000) and developer contributions ($281,000).

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $24.1 million into the Whittlesea City Council for 19 projects.

More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“Our Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community facilities and is delivering results for local communities”

“The Fund is helping fast growing communities like Doreen get the vital facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as the population increases.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green 

“It’s great to see the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Painted Hills Soccer Centre, providing opportunities for our growing community to get active and play the sports they love.” 

“Growing Suburbs Fund support for projects like this helps communities across Whittlesea City thrive and adapt to change – I’m looking forward to the Soccer Centre becoming a much-loved asset for our community.”