We are delighted to inform you that Carey has purchased the MCC Kew Sports Club at 397 Barkers Road, just 200 metres to the east of the main Carey Kew campus. The acquisition follows a competitive process and Carey will take possession of the property on 31 March 2020. We would like to acknowledge and thank the MCC Foundation for their collaboration in negotiating a successful outcome for Carey and the local community.
Carey and the broader community will benefit enormously from Carey’s acquisition of this site. The location and potential of the property complements and supports Carey’s strategic vision and provides an outstanding opportunity to facilitate the current and future educational, sporting and wellbeing needs of our students.
Carey will use the facility in keeping with the philosophy of founders of the Kew Heights Bowling and Tennis Club and, more recently, the MCC Foundation. A primary objective for the MCC Foundation was to ensure the site remained for the use of sport and the benefit of the community. Carey’s envisions the site to become a sports centre for our students, enabling a wide range of sports and activities, for all abilities and for use by Carey and the wider community.
Pending town planning and regulatory approvals, Carey students and staff will immediately benefit from the current facilities, including the tennis courts and bowling greens for sport and physical education, the club house and off-street parking. During 2020, Carey will work with the MCC Foundation, who currently own the MCC Kew Sports Club, to oversee the smooth transition with the facility’s stakeholders and wider community groups ensuring these groups’ connection, contribution and history is acknowledged and celebrated.
Subject to community consultation and Boroondara Council Town Planning requirements, Carey plans to redevelop the site over time to further enhance the benefits for our students. Our general plans include retaining the existing club house and off-street parking as well as the development of some new facilities, including:
- a synthetic sports pitch which would provide a multi-purpose, all-weather surface for sports practice and physical education classes, including soccer, hockey, and tennis
- an outdoor court for netball, basketball and multi-purpose use
- a Sports Hall with four indoor multi-purpose courts to accommodate basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and physical education classes
- improved onsite car parking
We anticipate the site will also accommodate before and after school sports practice, recreation space for students and use of the club house for classroom activities, toilets, changerooms, school events, meetings and indoor activities. When not being used by Carey, the wider community can access the facility.
Carey endeavours to be a good and responsible neighbour and will ensure any development of this site will be done sympathetically and in keeping with the neighbourhood feel of this part of Melbourne. We will engage leading architectural, landscape design and planning consultants, engage with the local community and work closely with the Boroondara Council to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all.
Use of this site will support our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. Being within close walking distance to Carey’s main campus, Carey’s environmental footprint from bus and car trips to other sporting venues will be reduced. Our reliance on hiring other venues will also be minimised and this will improve the access for other schools and community groups for the hire of those venues. Carey’s existing environmental goals will apply to the development and then use of the site, including the harvesting and recycling of rainwater, responsible waste management, and the use of solar power to reduce carbon emissions.
Carey’s purchase and development of the site presents our community with a unique opportunity. We are excited about the potential of this site which offers numerous benefits for Carey students and the wider community for decades to come.
Jane Simon Philip Grutzner