Walk around the streets at the Waverley Park residential area in Melbourne’s outer east on weekends and you will see a densely packed outer-urban precinct filled with large double-storey houses on what appear to be relatively small blocks, which suffer from a distinct lack of character.

Look at the centrepiece of the precinct, however, and you will see parents and children enjoying kick to kick on the oval at the famous Waverly Park Stadium which was once used for VFL/AFL games and locals enjoying a memorabilia shops, a café and a supermarket. Indeed, around 10 per…