Infrastructure and facilities projects

Learn about the City's upcoming, current and recently completed infrastructure and facilities projects.

Dianella Community Play Space

In May 2008, Council endorsed the Dianella Regional Open Space Master Plan. The aim of this master plan is to accommodate the future sport, recreational and environmental needs of reserves users and the local community. The master plan contains a number of strategies that are progressively being implemented as design and funding approvals occur. One of these strategies is the development of a community play space.

The proposed community play space was to provide play facilities for children aged from 3 to 12 years and has been designed to accommodate natural and conventional play, universal access and supporting amenity such as shelters, BBQs and picnic facilities. The Play Space has 3 integrated but distinctive play environments and includes a multitude of elements. Also there is a half court multi-goal facility for older age groups.

The Dianella Play Space has now been completed and is being enjoyed by people of all ages.

Herdsman Glendalough Precinct


In 2013 the City of Stirling commenced the Herdsman Glendalough Area Project. This project aims to facilitate the transition of Herdsman Glendalough over time into a high intensity mixed use area with improved public realm amenity and a strong focus on public transport.

To change the planning regulations to allow this to happen, an amendment to the City’s Local Planning Scheme is required to rezone the area to “Development Zone”. The Development controls for the area are then contained in a Structure Plan and Local Development Plan. A Development Contribution Plan will also be required to fund some of the infrastructure that will be required as a result of the planning intensification of the area. These planning documents are together termed the Planning Framework.

Ultimately the area will contain mid-rise and high-rise buildings housing an additional 22,000 people and be capable of providing an additional 20,000 jobs by 2051.

Project history

The Herdsman Glendalough Structure Plan was advertised for public comment on 20 January 2015. Key elements of the plan include:

Land use provisions:

  • Commercial and residential parking provisions
  • Locations of roads and proposed road reserves
  • New public open space locations
  • Explanatory information such as environment, movement networks etc.

The Detailed Area Plan was advertised on 3 March 2015 and will guide development and built form outcomes in the Herdsman Glendalough Area and will provide a basis for assessing development in the area. Key provisions of the Herdsman Glendalough Detailed Area Plan include:

  • Setbacks
  • Heights
  • Streetscape and building articulation
  • Plot ratio and height incentivised bonuses
  • Landscaping.

As part of the implementation of this project, an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme was required to change the Metropolitan Regional Scheme designation of the area from Industrial to Urban. The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment was advertised for public comment on 3 April 2014 by the WAPC. When advertised, the proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment showed a large area as Future Urban due to the misapplication of State Planning Policy 4.3 Poultry Farms (now revoked), to an area around a poultry processing plant. Because of this, finalisation of the Structure Plan and Local Development Plans were put on hold while the issue was resolved.

The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment was ultimately modified to remove the Future Urban designation and was gazetted on 5 January 2018 to rezone the area Urban. This enabled the City to recommence the project, and introduce the Development Zoning into its scheme on 21 August 2018 (Amendment 39).

Next steps

In October 2015 the State Government introduced the Planning and Development Act (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015. This changed the way that Structure Plans and Local Development Plans work and has necessitated rewriting the early Planning Framework so that it complies with the new regulations. In addition to this, the Development Contribution Plan for the area needs to be completed and publically advertised.

This work will be carried out over 2018/2019.

Princess Wallington Community Parkland

Current status - 50% Design development

The City of Stirling has reached the next phase of the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project, with 50% per cent of the detailed design now developed. This phase provides a more detailed level in regards to technical and service requirements. The City held its first community information session regarding the Princess Wallington Community Parkland Project on Thursday 8 November 2018 at LeisurePark Balga. The respective design consultants presented; Ecoscape (overall parkland design), Skate Sculpture (skate park design) and Threes Chillis (BMX and dirt bike track design).

In addition the City would like to thank the community members who completed the combined Parkland, Skate Park and BMX Design Survey which closed Friday 16 November. The overall feedback will contribute to the final designs.

Previous status - 25% Design development

As part of the 25% design the design drivers (Country, Birthplace and the Balga) and placement of key elements (e.g. skate park, multi courts, playground) were confirmed. The design reflects the Nyoongar seasonal calendar which follows six different seasons in a yearly cycle. These are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually. This six-season calendar is extremely important to Nyoongar people, as it is a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year, as well as understanding respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.

The City has undertaken a survey of the trees and vegetation in the Reserve. New elements in the Parkland will be placed to integrate with the natural environment with the aim to maximise the retention of large shade trees and vegetation such as the grass trees, and to achieve an overall increase in the number of trees in the Reserve.

The more rigid facilities such as the skate facility and car parking will be located in spaces already cleared. The more fluid and flexible infrastructure such as the regional playground will take on the existing natural features and provide a more connected experience. To preserve the area’s namesake tree, the Balga (grass tree), where removal is required the City intends to transplant the affected Balgas to other areas in the parkland.

The project is currently in design stage which is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. Construction of the community parkland is planned to begin in late 2019.

Previous status - Project initiation

In 2017 the City of Stirling committed funding to the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project at the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga. The project will revitalise aging facilities and provide the community with accessible and free recreational options to create a new community hub that will attract a wide range of users and community events. The City is contributing $4 million to the project, and Lotterywest have also provided the City with a $2.34 million grant for the project.

The City is working with the Western Australian design team, led by Ecoscape Landscape Architects, on the design of the Parkland. This team has experience with promoting social inclusion and community development in environmentally healthy and culturally respectful urban places.

Where is the Parkland going to be located?

The Community Parkland is location in the south-east corner of the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga on the corner of Camberwell Road and Princess Road. It incorporates the space behind Leisure Park Balga, the old skate park location, sump and temporary car parking.

The document below shows the scope of the Parkland project:

Princess Wallington Community Parkland

Where did the Community Parkland project originate?

In September 2013, Council endorsed the City’s Skate and BMX Facility Strategy which identified the need for a skate and BMX facility at Princess Wallington Reserve, Balga.

A comprehensive planning process was undertaken based on key planning principles that represented community values and outcomes for the project.  During the planning process it was essential to consider how the skate and BMX facility would integrate with other existing and future uses on Princess Wallington Reserve. This included extensive community consultation in 2015 with local school students, local residents, wider community and community groups. 

As such, the Community Parkland project provides a more holistic approach to provide the community with accessible and free recreational options.

What is included in the Community Parkland?

The Community Parkland includes:

  • Skate facility
  • Dirt BMX track
  • Multi-courts (soccer, basketball and netball)
  • Parkour and youth area (includes seating, in-ground trampolines and Wi-Fi)
  • Formalised car parking
  • Parkland and picnic amenity
  • Public art
  • Regional playground
  • Open grassed areas
  • Community event and market space.

Included within these areas are park amenity such as barbeques, shelters, public toilets, seats, drink fountains and bins.

Community Engagement

The City has undertaken extensive community consultation via workshops, surveys, online updates and community information sessions and will continue to do so throughout the project. If you would like to read more regarding the community engagement to date or become updated on the next project milestones please visit:

Your Say Stirling


In 2016, the City received a High Commendation for the overall Princess Wallington Community Parkland project from Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA). Recognised in the Leisure and/or Open Space Planning category, the honour acknowledged the project's exceptional level of engagement with the community and innovative planning approaches.


If you have any queries relating to this project or would like to register for future email updates, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555.


Princess Wallington Community Parkland project is proudly supported by Lotterywest

Scarborough Redevelopment

Scarborough Beach parking consultation - Survey feedback

The City of Stirling received 840 responses to the survey which was a great result and a lot of responses to the survey expressed similar themes.

To give you an indication on the feedback, the City received positive responses with 54% supporting the proposed Scarborough Beachfront Parking Scheme while 29% of respondents were negative. The remaining 17% of the responses were indifferent or gave no comment.

The City also received various other responses to this question including; 'nothing', 'mostly free parking', 'range of options', 'plenty of it, too much' and 'good to have time limits'.

The responses to the second question 'What could we do to improve the scheme?' included a variety of answers including 'more all day parking', 'more 1 hour parking', 'reduce parking', 'make 1 hour zones 90 minutes or 2 hours', 'small amount of pool user parking', 'parking bays for surf lifesaving volunteers', 'build a multi storey car park (away from the beach)', 'underground parking', 'CAT bus' and 'free parking for residents/resident permits'.

The final question in the feedback survey, 'Have we overlooked anything? produced a range of feedback as well with 'more parking', 'too much parking in front of cafes blocking views', 'road access and traffic flow', 'better signage for Wilson Parking' and 'management of streets 4 blocks away'.

It was interesting to note the range of responses, for example, some thought there was not enough parking while others thought there was too much. Some thought the timing was too long while others though it was too short. There were also a number of issues raised which were outside the scope of this consultation including; providing more parking (through underground or multi story car parks), future access issues, not selling Reserve Street car park, taking over Manning Street car park as well as the provision of a CAT bus.  

Based on the responses received, we believe that the draft scheme was largely accurate although the time limits of the zones should be reviewed.  It was noted that there should be no more than 2 different time zones (not including 'unlimited') and that these zones should be 4 hours and 2 hours. The Reserve Street, Manning Street (paid) and Rendezvous (paid) carparks provide all day alternatives. The City has also engaged directly with the surf club on usage of the 'Authorised Vehicles' area to ensure there is sufficient parking for their patrolling members.

As a result of considering the feedback received, the only change to the advertised scheme is in the southern upper carpark where the 1 hour area will be increased to 2 hours and the proposed 4 hour area changed to 2 hour parking. This area would then be able to better service the customers of cafes, restaurants and the pool.

The approved scheme (shown below) was implemented with relevant signage being installed in 2017.  

Scarborough Beach Parking FAQs

Scarborough Redevelopment project 

On 11 May 2016, the State Government announced the allocation of an additional $18 million investment, over its initial pledge of $30 million by Premier Colin Barnett in January 2015, towards transforming Scarborough Beach foreshore into one of Australia's best beachfronts and tourism hotspots.  The State Government and the City of Stirling will collaborate to invest $75.4 million over the next three years.  In addition, the City of Stirling will spend $26 million towards the construction of a 50m Scarborough Beach Pool bringing the total spend to $101.4 million.

Scarborough Beach Pool

The City's new Scarborough Beach Pool is open! For entry fees, opening hours, program information and for more information, please visit the Scarborough Beach Pool website.

The City and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority have completed the forward works to prepare the beachfront for the redevelopment works and installed the coloured down-lighting of the roof of the Amphitheatre and the coloured up-lighting of the Clock Tower, in addition to the bronze statues of the surf lifesavers and the public Wi-Fi.

Stephenson Avenue Extension

The Stephenson Avenue extension is the exciting first stage in the transformation of the Stirling City Centre. It will see the City extending the Stephenson Avenue local road network from Scarborough Beach Road to Cedric Street. It will also include a new Freeway interchange, delivered by Main Roads WA.

Currently in the design development phase, the extension will be delivered in three stages. Stage 1 is anticipated to begin delivery next year, subject to stakeholder and agency approvals being provided.

  • Stage 1 Stephenson Ave (Scarborough Beach Road to Howe Street) delivered by the City of Stirling
  • Stage 2 The Freeway Interchange delivered by Main Roads WA
  • Stage 3 Stephenson Ave (Howe Street to Cedric Street) delivered by the City of Stirling.

The extension has received a commitment of $60 million in State Government funding and $65 million in Federal Government funding.

Whale Park

Lotterywest funded Whale Playground

The Lotterywest funded Whale Park Playground continues to entertain children of all abilities with designs that include a 'soft fall' surface, access ramps and unique play spaces to engage children in creative play.