The following section details the state sporting facilities which have been identified since 2001 for investment.
Capital works programs
Debt retirement programs
In 2014/15 the State Government contributed a further $3 million to the reduction of debt infrastructure associated with the Western Australian Football Commission’s upgrade of Subiaco Oval, opened in 1995; in addition to the $14.5 million previously invested.
The State Government has also previously contributed to the reduction of the debt of Hockey WA of $3.3 million and to the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) through its redevelopment of the WACA Ground by providing $5 million over five years.
Perth Rectangular Stadium (nib Stadium)
The redevelopment of Perth Rectangular Stadium forms part of the Government’s two stadia policy whilst boosting the image and offering of the stadium’s key users, which are currently the Perth Glory (soccer) and Western Force (rugby union).
Originally identified for development in 2001, the initial work to convert Perth Oval to a rectangular stadium for 18,156 spectators was completed in 2004. Prior to the development Perth Oval was considered appropriate for sports requiring a rectangular playing field in the short to medium term. The success of the conversion resulted in the development of a master plan for the site in 2010 and subsequently additional investment being made available by the State Government. The stage 1 redevelopment consisted of a new roofed eastern grandstand with ancillary food, beverage and toileting facilities, a barbecue terrace, additional corporate boxes, an unroofed southern grandstand, control room, 2 large video replay boards, digital pitch perimeter signage, new stadium wide CCTV and public address systems, new pitch lighting and a new playing pitch. The redevelopment also included minor works to the western stand and a refurbishment of the northern entrance heritage gates. The capacity at the completion of the stage 1 redevelopment is approximately 20,300.
To facilitate the investment by the State Government, the Perth Oval site was leased from the City of Vincent for 50 years and now falls within the remit of VenuesWest on behalf of the State Government.
The masterplan outlines how a completed development of $25,000 capacity would be achieved.
new Perth Stadium
Following State Government endorsement of Project Definition Plans for the Stadium and Sports Precinct and the accompanying Transport infrastructure in late-2012, there has been significant planning work undertaken and physical works commenced in mid-2013. These works remain on schedule for the Stadium to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The first works on site began successfully with an 18-month pre-construction site works program, to fully prepare the ground ahead of construction. Simultaneously, the procurement process to appoint the consortium responsible for the design, construction, partial maintenance and finance (DBFM) of the Stadium and Sports Precinct was undertaken. In July, 2014 the Premier announced that terms and conditions had been agreed with the Westadium consortium and their winning design was revealed.
Delivery of a 60,000 seat Stadium that puts ‘fans first’ is a key aspiration which the Westadium design successfully achieves. The Stadium will be multi-purpose, able to accommodate AFL, cricket, rugby union and league plus soccer (football) and concerts. The seating bowl will maximise the atmosphere, providing fans with outstanding views and bringing them close to the action. Some features include –, two 240m2 giant video screens, 1,000 television screens throughout the stadium, LED lights capable of reflecting team colours, lightweight roof covering 85 percent of seats and team facilities. These will accompany more than 70 food and beverage outlets that provide views of the pitch, the widest range of seating and hospitality options in Australia and outstanding accessibility facilities for individuals requiring higher levels of support. The surrounding Sports Precinct will offer year-round access in a unique parkland setting, integrated artwork features and landscaping inspired by the Indigenous six seasons, a community oval and a network of walking and cycle paths.
Construction of the Stadium began in December, 2014 and the three year program is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2017 to allow for a transition to operations phase, ahead of opening in early 2018. The process to appoint the operator, who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Stadium will begin, in early 2015 and is expected to take 12 months.
Transport infrastructure is also well underway with construction of the six-platform Stadium Station and the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, linking the Peninsula to East Perth, both scheduled to start in late-2015.
State Equestrian Centre
This State Equestrian Centre was originally constructed in 1986 with funding provided by the Federal and State governments as well as private enterprises and is managed by Equestrian WA. The Centre comprises of an indoor arena, stables, and significant outdoor areas. A range of activities including dressage, show jumping, eventing, hacking, breed shows, polocrosse, clinics, harness driving, natural horsemanship and western activities are conducted at the facility. The arena has a seating capacity of 2,000.
A needs assessment in 2004 identified a substantial amount of remedial maintenance to allow the centre to retain its national and international standing. The identified project to upgrade accessibility to the facility was deemed a priority. The initial commitment from the State through the SSIF to the infrastructure upgrade recognised that it could not address all of the requirements and that improvements would need to be addressed in stages. It did, however, enable the most urgent items to be addressed.
In 2010 investment was made into the facility and although relatively successful, additional works are required to maintain the asset. Prioritisation of further investment is in progress.
Whitman Park Shooting Complex
The Whiteman Park Shooting Complex was constructed in 1984 to meet the standard required for national and international competition. The facility currently houses archery, pistol shooting and shotgun.
In 2012, following WA Smallbore Rifle Association (WASRA) receiving notice to vacate their current site at the Swanbourne Army Barracks, a feasibility study and business case were undertaken identifying Whiteman Park as capable of housing smallbore rifle shooting. In June 2014, the WA Planning Commission granted Development Application approval.
With funding from the State, WASRA is expected to commence construction of the new facility in February 2015. With a construction timeframe of 33 weeks, the facility is expected to be open in the last quarter of 2015.
Pinjar Rifle Range
Following WA Rifle Association (WARA) receiving notice to vacate their current site at the Swanbourne Army Barracks, a feasibility study and business case was undertaken in 2012 to investigate the establishment of a replacement international standard facility for distance shooting events. With Whiteman Park deemed impractical, a suitable suite was identified in Pinjar, subject to addressing the protection of the ground water. In June 2014, the WA Planning Commission provided Development Application approval.
With funding from the State, the WARA is currently in the design and development phase of the project. Construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2015 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016..
Identified in 2001 the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre was developed by the Armadale Redevelopment Authority — now the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). The centre was opened in 2007 and subsequently a multi-purpose community boat club facility was constructed in 2008 with State and Federal funding.
The facility which comprises a 55 hectare lake, including a 2,000 metre international standard rowing course, warm up lake, boat shed storage area, permanent lane marking system, finishing tower and clubhouse is owned and operated by VenuesWest.
The development provides for the disciplines of rowing, kayaking and dragon boating and in addition can host triathlon, open water swimming and cycling. A range of events have been hosted at the venue, including the 2008 Australian Dragon Boat Championships, 2012 Australian Rowing Championships and BHP Billiton 2013 Open Water series.
Perth Arena is a State Government-funded project initially identified by the department to provide a high-quality cultural and sporting events venue (i.e. the new venue for the Hopman Cup and Perth Wildcats home game base).
Perth Arena has a maximum capacity of 15,500. It was officially opened on 10 November 2012. The venue has a retractable roof, 36 corporate suites, a 680 bay underground car park, and five dedicated function spaces with the ability to drive directly onto the arena floor. Perth Arena is owned by VenuesWest on behalf of the WA Government and is currently managed by AEG Ogden.
State Netball Centre
In 2001 netball was identified as a sport which could be accommodated in a shared use facility. Subsequent to the 2001 plan, consideration of a dedicated netball centre was revised in 2006. A business case was completed and in May 2010 the State Government announced that the State Netball Centre would be built at the Wembley Sports Park.
The facility consists of four netball courts and competitor change room facilities, spectator seating for 1,050 people and associated amenities.
The facility will be used as the training base for Western Australia’s elite team, the West Coast Fever and as the venue for the Western Australian Netball League competition. The State Netball Centre can also cater for multi-sport activities and is universally accessible.
Wanneroo (Barbagallo) Raceway
Wanneroo raceway is the only permanent facility in Western Australia capable of hosting a V8 Supercars Australia (V8SCA) Championship event and the only dedicated raceway in the metropolitan region.
In 2001 it was identified that the Raceway, constructed and managed by the WA Sporting Car Club (WASCC) required improvements to meet the needs of V8SCA. With State funding assistance the circuit was resurfaced in 2004 and a pit-lane, without garages, was constructed.
However, the facilities were still at the base level for hosting a V8SCA event and that organisation advised that if substantial improvements were not made, they would not continue to bring the event to Perth.
A review of the raceway was conducted in 2008 to identify and quantify the improvements required by V8SCA, and to explore the options available for expansion (a V8SCA condition at that time).
The first stage of the study involved the preparation of a needs assessment and site condition report that identified three options for improvement. The second stage was the completion of a business case. The business case identified that facility expansion, to allow multiple circuits to be used concurrently, was necessary to provide the revenue to maintain high level infrastructure and best meets motorsport needs.
In 2010 the State Government, announced funding of almost $15 million to upgrade the facility, this included significant funding of $1.5 million by the WASCC. In July 2011, the first stage of upgrades commenced with a new pit facility built in the centre of the circuit, a new race control and administration centre, and a pedestrian bridge to connect the two. Additionally, new medical facilities were constructed, lighting was improved and safety improvements were conducted. These were all completed in 2012.
DSR continues to work with the WASCC to plan the second stage of development. The WASCC has been working with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to obtain a lease for land adjacent to the existing Raceway.
The current committee of the WASCC has identified that for a venue servicing a range of motorsports, a more independent management structure is desirable. DSR will assist in that change process as required.
Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre
In 2007, following the WAIS facility being identified a priority for investment, DSR commenced a business case for a new WAIS facility. In 2010 the State Government provided $2 million for reviewing the business case and completion of a project definition plan.
In May 2012 the State Government announced $31.73 million in funding for a new WAIS High Performance Service Centre in addition to $2 million previously allocated. Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2015 with athletes expected to be utilising the facility in April, in their preparation for the 2016 Olympics.
The High Performance Service Centre includes a new two storey building housing the following facilities:
- Strength and conditioning gymnasium.
- Multi-purpose training and testing area with 10-metre ceiling height.
- 80-metre five lane indoor runway for long jump, sprinting and throwing sports, which also includes a 10-metre ceiling height to support the national pole vault and javelin programs.
- Mechanically controlled decline runway.
- Hydrotherapy and recovery pools.
- Physiology and environmental laboratories for sports science research and testing.
- Consultation rooms for medical analysis and physiotherapy.
- Drug testing and anthropometry.
- Athlete amenities (study, day area, meeting) and change rooms.
- Altitude house for sleeping in simulated altitude conditions.
- Office space for staff and coaches, including meeting rooms and staff amenities.
Perth Hockey Stadium
In 2009 the office space was refurbished and an athlete recovery facility constructed. Hockey WA subsequently commenced a comprehensive asset audit conducted with support from DSR. The outcome of this process was a detailed asset management plan and maintenance and replacement schedule for the entire facility (stadium/office etc).
Curtin University in 2013 developed the Greater Curtin Master Plan which aimed activate the campus and address future growth needs of the university. The master plan developed identified a decrease in the number of artificial hockey turfs located at the PHS from two to one.
In 2014 a Master Plan for the Perth Hockey Stadium was developed by DSR in response to Curtin University’s Master Plan and the Department of Planning’s Curtin-Bentley Specialised Activity Centre Plan. A Business Case will need to be undertaken to support the Master Plan.
State Baseball Centre (Barbagallo Ballpark)
The State Baseball Centre is located at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie, one of the earliest SSFP projects. It opened in January 2005 and provided baseball with a purpose–built facility. It was built to international standard and has the capacity to be used as a training and competition venue for international teams and the hosting of major competitions. It has a spectator capacity of 3,750 (including seating for 1,200).
Funding was allocated in 2007 to provided increased corporate facilities and public seating. In 2010 improvements were made to the permanent terrace bar, a batter’s eye in centre field and an electronic scoreboard. The Playing field was also reduced to help address the shortage of home runs that the ballpark experienced in previous Claxton Shield seasons.
In 2014 a Master Plan and Business Case were completed for the site to determine the extent of facility upgrades and enhancements required to facilitate a phased approach for potential development of the site. The Master Plan outlines a four stage development program which if required would bring the facility capacity to in excess of 8,000.
Following the completion of the Business Case the state allocated funding of $514,000 to address compliance issues with the facility highlighted within stage one of the Master Plan. Stage one is in the final stages of design with construction expected to commence in May 2015. Works will be completed in time for the 2015/16 ABL Season.
Planning studies for capital works programs
Challenge Stadium (HBF Stadium)
The current facility no longer complies with Swimming Australia requirements for national long course swimming events. Following the development of a feasibility study in 2011 the department in partnership with VenuesWest commenced the development of a Business Case to determine an appropriate long term solution extent of reinvestment required.
The Business Case (completed in December 2013) identified the infrastructure requirements to host major national and international swimming events as well as extending the life of the facility.
Both projects were primarily funded by DSR.
The 2008 SSFP Project Update highlighted the age of the facility and the need to consider the cost of any major maintenance upgrade against the benefit of a replacement at an alternate site. The asset is 25 years old and, as can be expected, is demonstrating signs of wear and tear - key issues are the track, which is the original, and the major services connections to the building. In 2012 VenuesWest undertook a minor track refurbishment and has conducted minor maintenance to change rooms and upgrades to components such as the fire detection system. The department funded a further report into remaining useful life of the facility (the building was constructed with a life expectation of 50 years) and a schedule for asset management, maintenance and replacement schedule is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
Football West have their coaching and education functions located at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands and have recently moved their head administration to a property they purchased on Lord Street, East Perth. The separation of these functions is not ideal in relation to optimising the organisation’s operation. Football West have been working on a business case for their Home of Football concept since early 2014 which has been part funded by the department. Football West completed the business case in January 2015 and it is currently being reviewed by the department.
Surfing WA’s current facility is located at Trigg Beach in a repurposed kiosk that does not provide sufficient space for staff and delivery of programs. The growth in the sport of surfing coupled with limitations in the existing facility have restricted their ability to deliver their organisational objectives. A business case was completed by Surfing WA in late 2014 seeking State funding for a new operations centre. The department is currently reviewing the business case.
The MRA previously set aside a parcel of land at Champion Lakes for a whitewater park and advertised for Expressions of Interest from private interests but this has since been aborted. DSR has engaged a planning consultant to undertake a site analysis within the metropolitan area. Should a suitable site be identified, a comprehensive business case will need to be undertaken and any planning issues and site constraints will need to determined and resolved.
State Tennis Centre
The future of the State Tennis Centre was highlighted in the 2008 Project Update as part of the future planning of the Burswood Peninsula Precinct. A short term need was identified for refurbishment and capital upgrade including two new tennis courts. This was not progressed, although DSR has assisted Tennis West to prepare a dilapidation report.
The Department of Planning has prepared a draft District Structure Plan for the Burswood Peninsula which potentially removes the State Tennis Centre from its currently location. A Business Case is being developed by DSR, in conjunction with Tennis West, to determine the service delivery requirements and long term future of the State Tennis Centre.
Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA)
Raised as an important consideration for the provision of international events in 2001, and subsequently considered in the review of the major stadia in 2005-2007, its long term future and role needs to be determined in the context of the new Perth Stadium at Burswood. A master plan and business case is currently in development for the future of the WACA Ground. The department has provided the WACA with funding to progress this work. Currently the capacity of the WACA Ground is 20,000, however this can be increased for higher capacity matches.
The WACA hosted three Cricket World Cup fixtures in 2015, including one Australian and two Indian matches. The State Government via DSR contributed $1.825 million towards the $2.4 million upgrade of the venue’s media facilities undertaken to meet the International Cricket Council’s venue requirements for this world-class event.