A number of community members attended an information workshop at the City of Melville attended by the architects and artists involved in the detailed design and layout of the reserve.
The City and its Architectural Design team have developed site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections and landscape designs of the proposed community hub. The landscape design is the most recent addition to this section and some images/videos may not reflect this design as they were produced prior to its publication. Please refer to the landscape design update which includes images and a PDF of the most recent landscape design.
The City of Melville has allocated funds of $6.264m to the Long Term Financial Plan for the Shirley Strickland Reserve Redevelopment. The City has also been granted $1.51m of funding via Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (CSRFF funding). Final project costs will be determined once a successful tender has been awarded for the project.
The City is proposing to manage the facility differently to the current model, where the facility is leased to the sports association. This means the City will control and monitor all bookings and use of the facility. This will also enable more effective maintenance of the facility and greater access to the facility for the community for a range of uses. For example, community bookings, meetings, classes, etc…
The playground, half basketball and BBQ areas will not be fenced. Design features have been used instead, including bringing the playground closer to the building, and moving it away from the main open areas. These facilities will be located close to the Universally Accessible Toilets and Kiosk to cater to families.
As per the Dog Ownership Rules and Management for permitted areas, dogs are permitted to run free on all parks and reserves which are not prohibited or restricted provided they:
The current number of dog litter bins (8) will remain, though may be relocated if required to accommodate landscape plan. The City is investigating bin shrouds to assist with the correct usage of the bins on the reserve and improve the aesthetic of the bins based on resident feedback.
A surveyed sports field master plan is underway and once received by the City, we will be able to review any necessary mitigation strategies, noting that cricket is currently played at Shirley Strickland Reserve and at many other reserves around the City, with minimal reported issues. Should such incidents arise, clubs already have the appropriate insurances in place.
Any potential issues will be addressed through the detailed design phase, meaning that the building will need to adhere to building standards and any required mitigation strategies, such as a shade structure will be considered through the design.
The reserve generally has free space available for use at most times so it is not expected there will be a need to set aside space.
There is currently a pit located next to the cricket wickets (building side) with sand in it for this very purpose. Club users often fill holes before participating in sport as the holes can be a risk to participants. In addition to this, the City’s Reserve Maintenance Team visit the reserve every Friday morning and rectify issues the best they can. Part of the solution to this ongoing issue is for dog owners to prevent their dogs from digging in the turf at all.
Currently St Johns is providing free externally mounted defibrillators to public places such as reserves. Considering the large number of seniors that walk dogs at the park it would in my opinion be a good idea to have an automatic defibrillator mounted adjacent to the clubhouse.
Unfortunately the grant funding round for public externally mounted defibrillators has closed. The grant had been open to not for profit groups and promoted via our Recreation Development team, however no application was made by any current Shirley Strickland Reserve users
Please report any suspected instances of this nature to WA Police. We will continue to patrol the area to gather information for the police. If the WA Police label this car park a hot spot, they may recommend the City stations the CCTV trailer there in future.
In the 1980’s the reserve was very badly infested with tussock grass. In the 1990’s the tussock grass was poisoned and the turf replanted. In recent years the tussock grass has re-infested the reserve particularly at the Western and Southern slopes near the existing clubhouse. To prevent a major cost for removal of the tussock grass it may be sensible to eradicate existing tussock grass this coming spring.
Our Reserve Maintenance Team will assess, monitor and undertake eradication where required.
No, the fence around the existing sump will be replaced due to the current fence being in poor condition. The depth, steep contour and changing winter water levels in the sump make it a significant risk if left unfenced. If there is available leftover funding in the landscaping budget, some new plantings may be undertaken within the fenced area, however no other changes are in the scope of this project.
Not all areas of the reserve will be irrigated to comply with Department of Water allocation conditions and the establishment of low water use hydro-zones, as is the same practice across the City.
Specifically, some areas of the verge will be either planted and/or mulched and not irrigated. Our Reserve maintenance team will maintain these areas once they are established. More detail will be released with the landscape plan.
Areas surrounding the building will be irrigated with scheme water to avoid staining, due to the naturally high iron content of the bore water used to irrigate the remainder of the reserve.
Will the City of Melville confirm that the Landscape Plan includes additional trees be planted to boost the tree screen at the Shirley Strickland Reserve’s south east corner (corner of Sweetman St and Coogee Rd) and south western corner (near corner of Coogee Rd and Hallin Court)?
Based on feedback we had from the community, plantings are proposed for these areas and this detail will be released as part of the landscape plan.
Additional soft landscaping (plantings/mulch) increases the ecological value of the reserve and provides habitat to a range of local and migrating fauna. More detail will be evident in the release of the landscape plan.
Shrubs and small trees will be included in the landscaping as a part of this project, more detail will be evident in the release of the landscape plan.
No, unfortunately not, plantings will begin in winter 2020.
As approved in the 2016 concept plan, a single pine tree will be removed on the southern side of the new junior cricket field.
The City is working on the Landscape Plan for the project which will include many additional plantings, some of which will replace the trees that have died. The City is also investigating a program to increase plantings in the future.
The memorial ‘flame’ tree is in poor condition, though this is not due to a lack of water. Exposed and damaged roots, pest infestations and attacks from pathogens concern has resulted in a die-back of the limbs and unfortunately this tree is not in a state worth preserving. The City has been in contact with the Dacre family and will relocate the memorial to a more level surface up the bank near its current location and refurbish the plaque. The relocation will include a new tree, the species of which will be chosen with the approval of the Dacre family and some seating will be installed near the memorial in future. More detail will be shown in the landscape plan once issued.
The path has been surveyed and will weave in between trees and this will be released with the landscape plan.
The path will be made of varying materials, at variable widths which will be confirmed through the detailed design of the landscape plan. The path will not damage tree roots, in sections where tree roots are prevalent and a boardwalk will be constructed over the top of the roots.
Currently there are 14 park benches at Shirley Strickland Reserve, 5 of which are located on the northern/rectangular fields. New benches will be installed as a part of this project, although final location and numbers are yet to be finalised. More detail will be available in the landscape plan when issued.
The Outdoor fitness equipment will be located next to the change rooms on the eastern side. Equipment has not been selected at this stage.
Thank you for your suggestion, noting that this can be investigated through the detailed design process. There are currently no plans for heritage signage as requested. Discussions regarding the reserve’s history have mainly focussed on Shirley Strickland/de la Hunty, which the reserve is named after.
The concept shows 4 towers on the southern/main oval and 6 towers to service the rectangular/northern fields. This configuration will be confirmed in detailed design. All sports floodlighting must adhere to Australian and New Zealand Standards for Sports Floodlighting and receive planning approval. The new lighting to be installed will be better designed than the current aged infrastructure on site, which means a reduced impact from lighting to neighbouring properties.
While we have not received any complaints about the current field lighting, we have made sure the new flood lighting to be installed will have even less of an impact from light spill than the current lighting. LED floodlighting will be installed to replace the HID lighting which is currently used. LED lighting offers better control and is more directional, meaning the new lights will focus their beam directly on the fields and light will not enter neighbouring residential properties.
There are no planned changes in the scope of this project.
There will be perimeter lighting around the entire building as well as solar lighting around the new perimeter ‘fitness’ path.
A number of community members attended an information workshop at the City of Melville attended by the architects and artists involved in the detailed design and layout of the reserve.
You told us how you use Shirley Strickland Reserve and we now have a real understanding of what is important to you all.
Conversations with the community have informed a plan to improve and upgrade facilities at Shirley Strickland Reserve.
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