State Football Centre

Frequently asked questions

What is the State Football Centre?

The State Football Centre will be a home for Football West’s 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.

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.

Where is the State Football Centre?

The State Football Centre will be developed at the Queens Park Open Space.

How can I have my say on the development?

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has been working 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 the community conversation, visit Your Say Canning.

What about Maniana Park?

Maniana Park 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 area

Will access to the Queens Park Open Space be restricted?

The majority of the broader site will be open to the public, providing much needed community recreation space.

Different types of recreation will be provided for in the precinct, including spaces for family gatherings, dog walking and possibly new recreational facilities.

Some areas of the State Football Centre, such as offices and main playing fields, will have restricted access.

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.

How will the development of the State Football Centre be managed?

The State Government, the City of Canning and Football West are working together to develop a plan for the State Football Centre which will cover all the challenges of the site including environmental, drainage, flora and fauna, traffic, parking and event management.

The steps for the State Football Centre include a flora and fauna assessment (completed) and heritage assessment (underway), as well as clearing permit (underway) and development applications, as required by law.

The clearing permit is currently advertised, with submissions closing on 14 October 2020.

What is a clearing permit?

A clearing permit must be lodged in Western Australia to clear any native vegetation over one hectare, including areas which are heavily degraded and/or covered with weeds.

For further information see the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Will the development consider the needs of the environment?

Yes, the development aims increase the overall environmental value of the site through better protection, restoration and management of retained bushland areas and the inclusion of biodiversity links through the site that don’t currently exist.

How much of the site will be cleared?

The area required for the development of the State Football Centre is likely to be around six hectares.

The clearing permit applies to a site of 16 ha. Of the 16 ha only 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.

The plan below shows an example of how the State Football Centre could be located in the application area. It highlights the clearing permit application area (dotted line) the areas that will be landscaped and enhanced (in green and blue).

SFC_Clearing Permit Diagram

Will the State Football Centre be located so that existing native vegetation on the site can be preserved?

Yes, to ensure the best outcome for the natural environment, the State Football Centre development will be 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 application of 16 ha includes an area of;

  • 9.95 ha that is already cleared.
  • 1.86 ha of native vegetation that will be retained and protected within the natural landscaped areas.

Will the site be revegetated?

Yes, 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.

Will the wetland area be preserved?

Yes, 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.

Will you minimise the impact on native species?

Yes. Understanding and addressing the needs of the wildlife on the site is a major consideration in the planning process and a fauna assessment has been completed.

None of the trees within the application area have been identified to contain hollows considered as potentially suitable for the black cockatoo species.

The vast majority of the 46 potential breeding habitat trees will be retained to ensure the birdlife on-site is not impacted. That is, at least 35 trees, and possibly as many as 45 trees will be retained.

Page reviewed 02 October 2020