North Melbourne fears the health and performance of its players could be put at risk by the construction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.
The club’s Arden St training has been identified as particularly sensitive to dust emissions from the Arden worksite, which is the major staging ground for the northern end of the project.
North chief executive Carl Dilena warned reduced air quality could affect North’s “business of elite sport”.
“Good air quality is critical in this elite sporting environment,” Mr Dilena wrote in a submission to the Melbourne Metro environment effects inquiry. “We’d like to ensure no detriment in air quality during the construction period.”
Mr Dilena questioned whether the tunnelling work would disrupt groundwater and affect the club’s ability to “maintain an elite playing surface for our athletes”.