The Town recently completed a community survey to inform potential future development of one of our major sporting and recreational reserves, the Alderbury Sports Ground.
At the close of the community survey in late May 2017 more than 1200 responses had been received, with the community rating the existing facilities plus telling us what they liked about the reserve and where they saw potential for improvements.
The survey results and information collected from other engagement activities are now being collated and analysed.
At this stage no development plans have been endorsed by the Town or approved by Council.
The next step will be presenting the survey results to Council who will decide the way forward.
This is expected to happen before the end of the year.
Background to Needs Assessment and Master Plan
Situated next to Perry Lakes Reserve, the Alderbury Sports Ground is home to the YMCC Hockey Club, Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club, City Beach Tee Ball Club, and is regularly used by numerous schools for cross country and sports carnivals.
A number of facilities are located close to the playing fields including an old change room/public toilet building, the YMCC Hockey Club club room, the Perry Lakes Skate Park and the Cambridge Scouts/City Beach Girl Guides hall.
In recent years the Town has received requests to further develop the sports ground, including:
- YMCC Hockey Club seeking support to construct an artificial hockey field and associated facilities;
- new club rooms and public toilet;
- a Men's Shed;
- cricket training nets;
- synthetic cricket wicket; and
- upgraded flood lighting.
Rather than look at these development requests individually, in November 2016 Council appointed Dave Lanfear Consulting to undertake a Needs Assessment and Master Plan to inform the future development of the Alderbury Sports Ground.
The project is being undertaken in two distinct stages.
Stage 1: Needs Assessment
This process will determine development needs and review development opportunities and options, and has been informed by:
- desktop research;
- site and facility usage analysis;
- demographic and trends analysis;
- consultation workshops with key stakeholders;
- meetings with user groups;
- community survey completed in late May 2017; and
- industry bench marking.
Who has been consulted?
To inform the Needs Assessment Dave Lanfear Consulting directly consulted with the following stakeholders:
- Residents living within close proximity to the site;
- Representatives from City Beach Teeball Club;
- Representatives from Over 65's Hockey Club;
- Representatives from Subiaco Marist Cricket club;
- Representatives from Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club;
- Representatives from UWA Nedlands Football Club;
- Representatives from WA Marathon Club;
- Representatives from Wembley District Junior Cricket Club;
- Representatives from YMCC Hockey Club;
- Independent Girls School Sports Association (IGSSA);
- Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC);
- Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA);
- Hockey WA;
- Representatives from Perth Highland Pipe Band;
- Representatives from The Rotary Club of Cambridge;
- Alderbury Dog Walkers Representatives;
- Representatives from Visual Art Teaching Facility;
An online community survey was also conducted and a letter drop distributed to 575 nearby residents inviting them to complete the survey. Over 1,200 survey responses were received.
The Needs Assessment is expected to be finished in August 2017, following which a report will be prepared for Council endorsement.
Subject to Council endorsing the Needs Assessment report, Stage 2 of the study will commence.
Stage 2: Master Plan
This will result in the preparation of a concept master plan and accommodation schedules for proposed facility developments, as well as cost estimates and a review of management structure options.