State Sporting Facilities Plan Projects Update 2014

The Projects Report is a current snapshot of industry facility needs and outlines major sporting infrastructure projects being developed.

Executive summary

The State Sporting Facilities Plan (SSFP) was developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) to serve as a blueprint for the provision of state, national and international level infrastructure and introduced in 2001 following Cabinet endorsement.

The plan guides the Government’s capital infrastructure and ongoing maintenance commitments. Through the SSFP the Government has committed to support a range of projects and has invested approximately $2.3 million annually since 2005, with forward commitments of $2 million for 2014–2015 and $2.3 million for 2015–16. These funds are allocated to specific projects based upon priorities identified through the SSFP.  

The SSFP has demonstrated, through its rigorous planning framework and compliance with the Department of Treasury’s Strategic Asset Management Framework (SAMF), a strategic long term base for future investment. The priorities identified by DSR in the SSFP have evolved and developed through the processes of concept approval and business case development (including robust option appraisals) prior to securing investment. This has recognised the need to demonstrate to stakeholders (and reflected in the SSFP) the importance of planning effectively for ongoing capital development and renewal of major sporting facilities.

The 2012–2013 review of the SSFP, through consultation with stakeholders, provided the framework for capital investment for the provision of state, national and international level infrastructure for sport in Western Australia from 2013 to 2022.

It is to be noted that the criteria and planning process identified within the SSFP of 2001 and subsequent project updates are generally still relevant. The current plan seeks to build on previous work and ensure that new or upgraded facility development for national and international sporting events are tied into the SAMF.

Glossary of terms

The following acronyms are used throughout this document:

Building Management and Works (State Department)
Department of Planning
Department of Sport and Recreation
Fédération Internationale de Natation (Aquatics)
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Strategic Asset Management Framework
State Sporting Association
State Sporting Facilities Plan
State Sporting Infrastructure Fund
Western Australian Cricket Association
Western Australian Institute of Sport
West Australian Football Commission
WA Local Government Association
WA Sporting Car Club
Western Australian Sports Federation

SSFP achievements

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..

Champion Lakes

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

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.

Midvale SpeedDome

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

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

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.

Whitewater Park

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. 

Stadium hierarchy

2014 recommended stadia type  Capacity Sports 2014 Current/proposed provision and rationale
Outdoor stadium 60,000 with ability to increase Football, cricket, soccer, rugby, major community events.
Subiaco Oval (43,000 capacity). Will be replaced by the new Perth Stadium at Burswood (to be constructed by 2018) for AFL and significant international matches and events.
Outdoor rectangular stadium
Soccer, rugby union, rugby league, major community events.
Perth Rectangular Stadium (nib Stadium)
Current investment and master plan indicated the ground will provide a capacity of 25,000 in two stages. Stage 1 is complete with a capacity of 20,500.
Outdoor stadium
Cricket, major community events (capable of hosting rugby, soccer).
WACA (20,000 with the ability to increase for events). Stadia in private ownership for first class cricket and international matches.
Indoor stadium 15,000
Basketball, netball, tennis
Perth Arena
Outdoor stadium 5,000-8,000
Athletics, soccer, rugby union, rugby league, second tier community events, hockey
Perth Hockey Stadium (6,000 capacity). WA Athletics Stadium (10,000 capacity). Temporary overlay options are available to develop existing stadia for lower attendance state level and interstate competitions.
Indoor and outdoor stadium
Netball, basketball, regional and state indoor events for second tier sports.
Netball, basketball, regional and state indoor events for second tier sports.
Indoor or covered outdoor stadium for swimming 2,000-3,500
Swimming and other pool based water sports
HBF Arena. Currently not capable of providing for national or International accredited events.
Indoor stadium
Up to 1,500
Netball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, second tier sports events.
State Netball Centre, Loftus Centre, Kingsway and various other venues which primarily provide for state level competition.

Statement addressing SSFP objectives

Previous Project Updates have identified a number of objectives of the SSFP. These are still relevant in 2015 and are therefore incorporated and modified below.


There has been an acceptance by the SSAs and the Western Australian Sports Federation (WASF) that the SSFP is the mechanism for the development of funding submissions. There is a continual need to work with SSAs to engage them in the processes required (as outlined in the SSFP) to bring a project to fruition (on the basis of sustainability principles in partnership with the State Government).


The SSFP is well aligned to the government’s SAMF approach as the process required before a funding submission can be made. This process is rigorous and founded on the basis of ensuring sustainable infrastructure investment.


The funding priorities of the SSFP are determined after consultation with SSAs and, where necessary, local government and other State Government agencies. Once the priorities are established individual projects are tested to establish the sustainability and strength of the project’s need. This is reinforced with the funding requests submitted in the out years, to provide the opportunity for detailed examination prior to any allocation of funds.


The Department reviews project priorities within the SSFP on an annual basis.


All projects are now streamlined through the SSFP. This includes VenuesWest and WAIS facilities within the SSFP planning process. DSR have developed a management plan guide for sport and recreation facilities which should be used as a reference point to determine a range of possible governance strategies.


DSR has developed a series of publications to assist in the sustainability of facility management including the Asset Management Guide and the Life Cycle Cost Guidelines. Projects are required to demonstrate the operational sustainability of the facility prior to a capital bid being submitted.


Communication of the SSFP across government agencies is continuing to improve with an understanding of the role of DSR in the development of sporting infrastructure across government agencies. DSR’s relationship with DoP and BMW has been particularly strengthened.

Consultation overview

Key stakeholders including WASF, SSAs, VenuesWest, WAIS, WALGA and local governments will be included in regular consultation involving projects projected. Consultation with other State Government departments will occur on an as needs basis to ensure their continued understanding and rationale of the SSFP and need for their cooperation as required.

Capital facility investment needs

The following represents the investment requirements identified through the SSFP assessment process.

Major capital investment

The list below identifies those projects which were, or have been identified for major capital investment:

  • State Equestrian Centre – facility upgrade and potential to incorporate other complimentary sports.
  • Lawn Bowls – examination of the feasibility and need for the establishment of a State headquarters at an existing club.
  • Perth Hockey Stadium – investment for replacement roof and increased storage areas.

Business case and feasibility development

The list below identifies those projects which have been identified for investment in business case and feasibility work:

  • State Tennis Centre – business case.
  • Midvale Speed Dome –remaining useful life assessment and further investigation into the potential relocation of the facility at the end of the assets life.
  • Subiaco Oval redevelopment – master plan.
  • WACA – feasibility and business planning work to determine its future once the new major stadium is constructed in 2018.
  • Western Australian Shooting Association – undertaking an infrastructure asset management plan.
  • BMX – facility feasibility study to determine whether existing BMX infrastructure can accommodate national and international competition requirements.
  • Cycling – examination of the feasibility and need for a closed road circuit venue to support criterium and road racing and centre for bike education. 

More information

Facilities Planning Coordinator
Department of Sport and Recreation
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email the Department

January 2015

ISBN: 978-1-921648-43-4