Why is the City undertaking a Master Plan?

    The City of Kalamunda is undertaking a Master Plan of Scott Reserve, which includes the Sports Pavilion and the High Wycombe Community and Recreation Centre (HWCRC). The masterplan is important in assisting to coordinate the future development of community, sporting and recreational infrastructure at the Reserve over the next 20 years. The master plan process identifies the needs of the community and the users of the Reserve in a holistic and coordinated approach.

    How has the draft Scott Reserve Master Plan been developed?

    The City appointed ABV Leisure Consultancy to undertake the project in July 2018. Since then ABV has undertaken extensive consultation with the sporting user groups, HWCRC users and the wider community through an online survey and community workshop to understand their current and future needs. Further consultation has been undertaken with State Sporting Associations and local schools. In the development of the draft Master Plan, ABV has completed a site analysis and considered the current and emerging trends in the sporting and recreational industries relevant to this project.

    When will the Master Plan be implemented?

    We need to hear your thoughts first. What do you think of the draft? On conclusion of community consultation, the draft Master Plan will be finalised and a report put forward to Council. Implementation of the approved Masterplan will be subject to the City securing funding. As with other major city projects and reserve master plans, the City will develop an advocacy campaign to attract significant external funding opportunities. In general, Master plan projects are considered to have a long-term implementation phase over a 15 to 20 year period, therefore the existing facilities will continue to operate as per normal until external funding is secured.

    What is proposed in the draft Master Plan?

    The draft Master Plan for Scott Reserve proposes the following key projects:

    • A new sports pavilion and community centre
    • A new nature playground
    • An improved pathway network with shade and seating
    • An outdoor fitness equipment trail
    • Expanded car parking
    • Traffic calming measures along Wycombe Road
    • A new youth space including a ¾ outdoor basketball court
    • A future sports floodlighting upgrade on the southern playing field
    • A refurbishment of the playing fields including drainage and reticulation
    • Relocated cricket practice nets
    • Planting of new trees along Wycombe Road.

    Why does the draft Master Plan propose a new sports pavilion and community facility?

    Based on the community feedback received during 2018, it has been suggested the existing sports pavilion and High Wycombe Community Recreation Centre (HWCRC) facilities have major functionality limitations due to their age, design and adhoc development over time. In order to address these limitations, it has been determined that providing a new facility may be the best long-term solution.

    Why is a new gymnasium not included in the new sports pavilion and community facility?

    ABV Leisure Consultants has undertaken a detailed analysis on the provision of gymnasiums within the High Wycombe community and the existing HWCRC membership and utilisation.

    Feedback suggests the current membership base and utilisation of HWCRC gymansium in combination with a high number of competing gymnasiums in a close vicinity, and neighbouring suburbs including Hartfield Park Recreation Centre, results in a reduced need for this facility.

    The HWCRC gymnasium is limited in its ability to cater for an expanded membership base due to its small size.

    There is an opportunity to focus on tailored fitness solutions to cater for the diverse community in the High Wycombe area. The proposed new community facility will focus on offering tailored fitness classes such as group fitness, circuit classes, functional fitness and the Living Longer Living Stronger programs specifically targeting over 55s within the local community.

    How will my HWCRC gymnasium membership be affected?

    The HWCRC gymnasium will remain in use until the final master plan is determined and the implementation of the approved Scott Reserve Master Plan commences, this is subject to securing external funding sources with master plans generally having a 20 year life span. At such time the City would review the available options and commence for example, transitioning existing (as of 2019/20 financial year) HWCRC gymnasium members either to the Hartfield Park Recreation Centre, in Forrestfield or an alternative private gymnasium in the High Wycombe area. This transition may include a contribution towards the cost of membership at these alternative facilities. We are interested to understand your interest in this proposal.

    How can I provide feedback?

    The City of Kalamunda is encouraging residents and stakeholders to provide feedback via the online survey.

    Comments close 5pm Tuesday 31 March 2020.

    What will happen next?

    The draft Master Plan is currently advertised to the public for comment until 5pm Tuesday 31 March 2020. All consultation will then be collated as part of the final Master Plan and provided back to Council for consideration in mid-2020.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999.

    We will also keep you informed through website and email updates.