The State Football Centre is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments, with each contributing $16.25 million to its development at the Queens Park Open Space.
Construction fencing is expected to go up in May to prepare the site for clearing and the beginning of construction.
Before the fencing is up, you may see people on or near the site. They will be collecting seeds and marking up vegetation that is to be collected and transplanted. This is in accordance with the approved clearing permit.
Forward works have commenced on the new State Football Centre, which is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments, with each contributing $16.25 million to its development at the Queens Park Open Space.
The State Football Centre will be a home for Football West’s day-to-day administration and include training facilities and playing fields to support grassroots, community and
high-performance football programs.
International and A League football matches will continue to be held at HBF Park or Optus Stadium, with
the occasional lower-capacity special event to be held at the State Football Centre.
It will include:
Planning for the State Football Centre has been a highly collaborative process, working closely with the City of Canning, Football West and other key stakeholders to identify the challenges of the site, including environmental, drainage, flora and fauna,
traffic, parking and waste management.
The Western Australian Planning Commission approved the 16-hectare development — subject to conditions — noting the high-quality design which will help protect native bushland and provide significant economic, environmental and social
benefits for the south-east metropolitan area and the broader Western Australian sporting community.
The retention of and interface to remnant bushland across the site is a key design focus of the landscaping.
The area required for the development of the State Football Centre is likely to be around six hectares. Around 4.19 ha will be cleared which will include approximately 2.51 ha that will be returned to a natural landscape with native vegetation. This includes
areas that integrate with reconfigured drainage features that incorporate species suitable for a seasonally wet environment.
Access to parts of the Queens Park Open Space area, in the north-east corner identified in the map above, will be limited. Fencing will be erected to ensure the safety of the community using the open space area during construction.
Access and use of Maniana Park will not be impacted.
Consultation with the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage — Aboriginal Heritage, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) and the City of Canning was a key consideration of the State Football Centre project.
A Heritage Survey was undertaken on the Queens Park Open Space site which included searches of the Register of Aboriginal sites for the site and surrounding land. Additionally, the Heritage Survey also consisted of a preliminary site inspection, and an
on-site field survey with SWALSC nominated Whadjuk representatives. The survey established that the site “is not, and does not contain any known Aboriginal heritage sites.”
Working with the Yunga Foundation, the project has established an Aboriginal Reference Group made up of Whadjuk representatives. The reference group provides inputs relating to Aboriginal culture to the project.
Aboriginal monitors will also be engaged for relevant ground disturbance activities related to the development of the State Football Centre.
The development aims to increase the overall environmental value of the site through better protection, restoration and management of retained bushland areas and the inclusion of biodiversity connections through the site that don’t currently exist.
Careful consideration has been given to the design of the State Football Centre to ensure any disturbance to the natural vegetation is kept to a minimum while maximising opportunities to enhance the environmental significance of the site.
The design has also enabled a significant reduction of the development footprint and clearing required.
To ensure the best outcome for the natural environment, the State Football Centre development has been sited to minimise the further clearing of native vegetation.
Much of the native vegetation that would once have covered the Queens Park Open Space was cleared many years ago.
The State Football Centre clearing permit of 14.1 ha includes an area of 9.95 ha that is already cleared.
1.86 ha of existing native vegetation will also be retained and protected within natural landscaped areas, outside of the clearing permit area. Vegetation in the north-eastern portion of the development site contains a priority ecological community which
incorporates both a threatened and priority flora species. These species and communities are protected at the State level, with the threatened flora species also at Federal level. This vegetation will be retained and protected as part of the development.
The clearing of the site will follow the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s provisions to protect the native vegetation, including:
Significant areas of native revegetation and landscaping will be completed as part of the development to integrate the facility with the retained bushland and community facilities within the surrounding Queens Park Open Space area.
This will include revegetation of species consistent with that cleared to allow for habitat replacement, including those suitable for cockatoos, and native bees and other fauna that have been found on the site.
Comprehensive landscaping design which, in addition to providing greater amenity for visitors, will also protect the environmental values of the site and serve a critical stormwater function.
The revegetation will be guided by a revegetation plan that details the native species to be planted. The areas of revegetation will be transferred to conservation estate once the revegetation is established, and the City of Canning will undertake
the long-term management of these areas for conservation purposes.
As part of the proposed clearing, an environmental offset package has been prepared. As part of this package, vegetation adjacent to the State Football Centre — which is currently managed for recreation purposes–is being transferred to conservation estate, and will be managed by the City of Canning in the long-term.
A rehabilitation plan will be prepared in consultation with the City of Canning to guide the ongoing management of this vegetation for conservation purposes, which will include the identification of areas suitable for infill planting and improved weed control.
Understanding and addressing the needs of the wildlife on the site has been a major consideration in the planning process and a fauna assessment has been completed.
With our fauna management measures, the immediately surrounding habitat areas, additional revegetation proposed, and vegetation being retained, the project is not considered to pose a significant risk of impact to the aforementioned fauna or any
other species that may utilise the site.
In consultation with the City of Canning, a detailed fauna management plan will guide the progression of works with the aim of minimising impacts to fauna as far as is practicable. It will include:
Any permanent fencing installed onsite will not extend to the ground and therefore allow passage of small to medium sized fauna through the site and wider area.
The mapped wetlands located on the site will be maintained and protected.
The water feature currently on the site is a drainage basin and part of broader man-made drainage network constructed in relatively recent history.
The development will reconfigure the basin to provide the necessary drainage function and maintain water conditions that support and protect the nearby wetland.
The water management strategy will incorporate measures to improve water quality across the site. The aim is to mimic the natural surface water cycle, providing additional biodiversity connection and benefits, and overall increase the value of the retained
and proposed environmental assets.
The planning of the State Football Centre has provided an opportunity to accommodate conservation opportunities and best practice urban water management principles, working closely with State Government agencies and specialist consultants.
Considerations to address the water management of the site include:
The development requires the reconfiguration of existing drainage assets across the site, including the opportunity to return the large WaterCorp stormwater basin (adjacent to Gibbs Street, north of Maniana Park) to a more natural hydrological regime.
This will result in seasonal inundation of basins following winter rainfall periods, and infiltration of surface water to the superficial aquifer where possible mimicking the natural cycle. The most southern basin will be a permanent water source
and will be a habitat for local fauna.
The key principles of design are centred around minimising disruption to the area — both to the environment and the local community.
The State Football Centre reference group has 12 members, including:
The reference group will contribute ideas and suggestions, understand the opportunities and constraints of the development, represent community inputs to the development and be able to share with the community the progress of the development.
Lighting will comply with the relevant Australian Standard which includes limiting light spill, minimising the impact of any lighting on nearby areas.
The proposed 22-28m tall pitch lighting will have minimal impact with surrounds and will compare to the spill in the image below.
Similar to this example from the Western Sydney Wanderers Centre of Football in Blacktown International Sports Park, NSW (pictured below)
On-site car parking has been incorporated to accommodate the day-to-day activities and standard capacity of the State Football Centre.
The following parking measures will be considered, as part of any larger event management:
Events that exceed the standard 700-capacity of the State Football Centre will need to be planned through a separate process requiring an event management plan to understand and address any impacts to the local community.
This plan will be designed collaboratively between Football West and the City of Canning and will consider:
It is estimated that special events will occur occasionally.
Some areas of the State Football Centre, such as offices and main playing fields, will have restricted access. The majority of the broader site will be open to the public, providing much needed community recreation space.
The development of the State Football Centre will also improve access to the area. Increased activity, with more people enjoying the natural environment and open spaces, will also improve safety and walkability in the area, to the train station and beyond.
Different types of recreation will be provided for in the precinct as part of the Queens Park Open Space master plan.
Maniana Park, and the surrounding open space, will continue to be an important recreation space for the community, with the potential for improvements to provide better walking and cycling trails through the site including improved connection to the local
The department has worked closely with the City of Canning and the community to develop a masterplan for the Queens Park Open Space to ensure the development considers the community’s ideas and suggestions.
For more detailed information on the Queens Park Open Space masterplan project and to see the final masterplan, visit Your Say Canning.
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