The draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan has been developed by the City of Cockburn to guide the provision of sport and community facilities to meet community’s needs over the next 15 years. The Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan outlines the priority order and timing of all community sport and recreation facilities/reserves between 2017 – 2031. The City of Cockburn opened the consultation period on the draft plan on 17 April 2017, with consultation closing on 31 May 2017.
At the City of Cockburn Council meeting on the 13 July 2017 it was recommended that the draft plan adopted by Council. The South Beach Community Group presented a deputation to Council to request further investigation and discussion into provision of sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee prior to adopting the plan. As a result of the South Beach Community Group deputation, the plan was not passed and further investigations and options for sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee will be considered in the next few months.
In summary for our area (classified broadly in the plan as Coogee-North Coogee) the draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan detailed:
From 2016 to 2036 ‘Coogee-North Coogee’ will account for 23% of all new residents to the City of Cockburn or an estimated additional 21,000 residents; by 2036 10% of all children in the City of Cockburn will live in ‘Coogee-North Coogee’.
The Lifelong Learning Centre in Spearwood will include a new Senior Citizens Centre.
One local sporting space to be provided for ‘Coogee-North Coogee’. This will be a co-located junior size AFL reserve. The plan recognised that this will not be adequate to meet the needs of the population and investigation into increasing the capacity of facilities and reserves in neighbouring suburbs was recommended. Based on population and City of Cockburn standard guidelines Coogee-North Coogee should have two local sports spaces and one regional sports space.
The Cockburn Coast Community Facility, to be located adjacent to the Shoreline development, is proposed for construction in 2024/25.
Four new skate parks were recommended for the City of Cockburn with the closest skate park to be located in Hamilton Hill.
Three new bike pump tracks were recommended for the City of Cockburn, with locations yet to be determined.
The Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study recommended as the medium to investigate surrounding suburbs to cater for sport and recreation facilities for Coogee – North Coogee.
The South Beach deputation to Council detailed the following:
South Beach Community Group feedback was not sought for contribution to the draft Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan.
There are no recommendations to address insufficient provisions of sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee.
Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study has been commenced with the view to developing a clear direction on the facilities to be developed in the western suburbs over the next 10 years. However, this is not being used to inform the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan. Additionally, community feedback for the Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study did not target the lack of provisions in North Coogee, but only asked for feedback about the current use of existing facilities in Western Suburbs.
The Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2017- 2031 needs to acknowledge the issue of a lack of community, sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee. We recommended that the plan not be adopted until: it commits to acquiring or purchasing a large land parcel in North Coogee for sport and recreation; until the Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study focuses on identifying the additional sports space in North Coogee.
In our last community meeting the topic traffic has come up again. The high level of through traffic has been the main reason why our community group started. The first milestone of trying to reduce rat runners has been Main Roads 40 zone trial, which will be evaluated in a few months with another traffic count. Then the decision will be made whether to retain the 40 zone or not.
While our neighbourhood is the first in Western Australia to achieve a (temporary) 40 zone, many voiced their frustration that rat runners are still using our neighbourhood to bypass the busy Hampton Road and questions of what else can be done were discussed.
A clever measure that is being used widely in Europe and starting to be implemented on the East Coast is bollards that allow filtered permeability.
In a nutshell, filtered permeability is enabling some modes of transport to continue through a street while keeping others out. In practice it is principally used to “filter out” car traffic while still letting pedestrians and those on bikes through.
Bollards can be programmed in different ways. For example they can be set to rise at peak times and prevent through traffic for cars but leave access for people on bicycles unhindered. At off-peak times they can be lowered to allow car traffic as usual. Bollards can also be manually lowered with an access remote so that specific vehicles have access, for example emergency or neighbours giving them unhindered access through the area.
With plenty of examples from Europe where this principle has been applied across entire cities it’s worthwhile to understand the concept and impact on the liveability of places. This concept is proven to significantly lower the volume of traffic and only allow access for specific vehicles. This is particularly worthwhile keeping in mind as we are expecting 20.000 additional neighbours to the south of our area, which will have traffic impact directly on us, no doubt.
We discussed the upgrade of Rollinson Road/Cockburn Road intersection again. Please note that it is vital to report any incidences that you experience. This helps our current petitions with State Government to expedite the upgrade. If you have any near misses, please email us!
Questions were raised about the planned Service Station on the same corner next to the cold stores. We are currently finding out more information and will share this as soon as we know more.
Kings Square Development
Mayor Brad Pettitt joined the Community Meeting and presented information about the Kings Square Renewal in the heart of Fremantle.
We’ve been speaking to councillors over the last few weeks and shared our ideas for the Nature Playground. It’s crunch time! On Thursday 22 June at 7pm Cockburn Council will decide next financial year’s budget (including the playground).
We want to use the opportunity and will be speaking during the council meeting and we do need a crowd in the audience to support us. If you’re a supporter of this idea, we’d greatly appreciate your help by simply joining the meeting.
Thursday, 22 June, 7pm
City of Cockburn, Council Chambers 9 Coleville Cres, Spearwood WA 6163
No registration required, just come along. Please be aware that council meetings run until 9pm and we won’t know what time we’ll be speaking. We hope we can still show community support by having additional attendees in the room.