Surfing WA - New Location at Trigg Beach

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Project update

Surfing WA has commenced development of their new premises at South Trigg Beach. For safety and security, a perimeter fence (surrounding a larger area at the location) has been erected (following the successful issue of a building permit on 29 July 2021).

Work is expected to span to June/July 2022.

The builder is Bistel. The site, builder vehicle traffic and general traffic management will be wholly managed by Bistel.

Project background

A purpose-built, new home for Surfing WA has been approved for development, approximately 250 metres south of its current location. The site is immediately north of the City of Stirling’s existing ablutions and disused kiosk amenity at the south end of the Trigg Beach car park.

Surfing WA will be relocating to the new location from its existing facility at the north end of Trigg Beach car parks (where it has been located since 1995). The existing facility (leased from the City of Stirling) has major deficiencies and is no longer considered suitable or ‘fit for purpose’ for the needs of Surfing WA and the surfing community.

The new amenities are fully funded by the Federal Government and Surfing WA, located on land provided through a City of Stirling Ground Lease. Other key stakeholders are Successful Projects (Project Management), Bateman Architects (Design) and Bistel (Builder).

There will be no change to existing public ablution amenities, eastern dune coverage (adjacent to roundabout) or beach access.

The new building is a low-line / single-storey, demountable facility, designed to complement the coastal environment. It will provide for the community:

  • Reduced traffic, parking and crowd congestion at Trigg’s current northern car parks
  • Public Open Space retained and rehabilitated with grassed terracing, trees, landscaping, shade shelters and seating
  • A new landscaped ‘pause’ area with seating for pedestrians and cyclists, to improve access for users of the paved coastal pathway
  • A surfing memorabilia display for public viewing
  • Safer, more efficient training amenities for surfers – catering to future growth of WA’s largest Surf School program
  • A location for modern surf education, training, equipment, events and work spaces
  • New washdown facility, changerooms and ablutions for surf participants and coaches.

During the development period, a larger perimeter surrounding the area will be fenced off by the builder for safety and security. When completed, the safety fencing will be removed and members of the public will be able to access the new building’s surrounds and shared-use amenities.

There are not expected to be any interruptions to beach access and public ablutions at the south end of the site will continue to be available for public use. The shared-use path that runs along the western boundary of the site will continue to be accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.*

No decision has been made by the City of Stirling regarding what will happen with the original facilities at the northern end car park.

*Some short periods of disruption may occur at the location, though are expected to be minor and temporary. Advance notice will be provided on this website and at the site location.

Location map

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FAQs

Who is Surfing WA?

Since 1964, Surfing WA has supported the community’s love of the ocean, through surfing. The non-profit, peak sporting body works with young, emerging and professional surfers through training, education, surf schools and events, plus competitions on the world stage.

Surfing WA governs all disciplines of the sport in Western Australia – shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, kneeboard and stand up paddleboard.

Around 50 professional surf schools and clubs throughout the State are represented. Across WA’s coastline, 26+ events are held annually, including local, national and international competitions. Global events include the Margaret River Pro (WSL World Championship Tour event), Whalebone Classic (WSL Longboard Tour event) and WA Pro Surf Series (Men’s and Women’s WSL QS1000).

Visit Surfing WA’s website for more information.

What is happening at South Trigg Beach?

A purpose-built, new home for Surfing WA has been approved for development, approximately 250 metres south of its current location. The site is immediately north of the City of Stirling’s existing ablutions and disused kiosk amenity at the south end of the Trigg Beach car park.

The project is fully funded by the Federal Government and Surfing WA, located on land provided through a City of Stirling Ground Lease.

During the development phase, a larger perimeter surrounding the area will be fenced off by the builder for safety and security purposes. When completed, the safety fencing will be removed and members of the public will be able to access the new building’s surrounds and shared-use amenities.

Why is Surfing WA moving?

Surfing WA has been located at the north end of Trigg Beach car parks since 1995. The existing building was formerly used as a kiosk and later adapted for use by Surfing WA, leased from the City of Stirling.

The existing facility has major deficiencies and is no longer considered suitable or ‘fit for purpose’ for the needs of Surfing WA and the surfing community.

The new facility will enable Surfing WA to support participation and achievement of the next generation of surfers, safely and effectively. The new location is 250 metres south of the existing facility.

In the interim, Surfing WA will continue to operate from its current location. Surfing WA will relinquish that lease when it transitions to its new facility.

When will the new facility be finished?

Surfing WA's new home is due for completion in mid 2022.

*Note all dates are indicative and may change as a result of inclement weather, delay in supply etc.

What will be there?

The new building is a low-line / single-storey, demountable facility (approximately 860m2), designed to complement the coastal environment.

The community can expect:

  • Reduced traffic, parking and crowd congestion at Trigg’s current northern end car parks. Currently, these areas are frequently congested due to Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club, Island Market, Canteen and public users all being in near proximity. The relocation of Surfing WA will lessen the number of vehicles parking in those car parks
  • Public Open Space at the northern end of the site to be retained and rehabilitated with grassed terracing, trees, picnic/shade shelters and seating
  • A new landscaped ‘pause’ area with seating, to improve access for users of the paved coastal pathway
  • Improved interface with the beach, relative to that which occurs at Surfing WA’s current site. Surfing WA’s new location provides an area for Surf School participants and other community groups to assemble for pre- and post-activity briefings away from the path, allowing for path crossovers and transitions to/from the beach to be smoother for everyone
  • A surfing memorabilia display for public viewing and enjoyment
  • Safer, more efficient training amenities for surfers – supporting the growth of WA’s largest Surf School program
  • A base for modern surf education, training, equipment, events and work spaces
  • New washdown facility, changerooms and ablutions for surf participants and coaches.

Surfing WA will provide its new premises for use by the wider community, wherever practical and compatible with its day-to-day operations.

What won’t be changing?

  • Beach access will not change
  • No change will occur to existing public ablution amenities
  • Public Open Space on the northern end of the site will be retained and rehabilitated. This will include terraced grass area, two picnic/shade shelters, landscaping and trees
  • There will be no change to fenced dune coverage on the eastern side of the site (immediately adjacent to the roundabout). This will be retained as current.

Will beach access be impacted?

There are not expected to be any interruptions to beach access during the development phase.

After completion, Surfing WA will utilise existing pedestrian access paths for crossover to/from the beach by their Surf School and other community groups. The new Surfing WA site provides an assembly area away from the path, allowing for path crossovers to/from the beach to be smoother for everyone.

For walkers and cyclists, a new ‘pause’ area for will be provided, in the setback between the path and Surfing WA’s new facility. This will include casual seating and landscaping.

In the occasional instances where Surfing WA requires vehicle access to Trigg Beach, the current access way at the north end of Trigg Beach will be utilised. Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club, Surfing WA, the City of Stirling Beach Guard Services and emergency service vehicles all currently use this existing beach access way.

Will there be disruption?

During the development phase (approximately 12 months):

  • A larger perimeter surrounding the area will be fenced off by the builder for safety and security purposes. When completed, the safety fencing will be removed and members of the public will be able to access the new building’s surrounds and amenities
  • There are not expected to be any interruptions to beach access during the development phase
  • Public ablutions at the south end of the site will continue to be available for public use*
  • The shared-use path that runs along the western boundary of the site will continue to be accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.*

*During development, some short periods of disruption may occur at the location, though are expected to be minor and temporary. Advice onsite and on this website will provide advance notice to the community when these interruptions are scheduled.

The builder, Bistel Pty Ltd is intending the majority of work to be scheduled Monday to Friday, with occasional work on Saturdays. Times will be in line with standard building protocols.

What is the impact for nearby residences?

For local residences (ie, Hepworth Road / King Albert Rd residences), there are nil or negligible impacts from Surfing WA’s current activities. Surfing WA expects no change when it relocates to the new facility.

For residences north of the existing Surfing WA and Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club site (ie, Hepworth Road / King Albert Road) and those in Sandringham Estate (ie, Bournemouth Parade / Peet Crescent), the single-storey nature of Surfing WA’s new facility will have no material impact on existing views. 

Can others use the new facility?

Surfing WA will provide areas within the new premises (for example, for training and development, meetings, functions etc) for use by local boardrider clubs, other sporting clubs, community groups, commercial organisations and the wider community, wherever practical and compatible with its day-to-day operations.

Why was South Trigg chosen as the location?

Eight locations along the metropolitan coast were identified and considered in the Surfing WA Business Case. The Trigg locality was superior in meeting the requirements of Surfing WA’s operations. Four sites within the Trigg Beach locality were considered.

The proposed footprint, just south of Surfing WA’s existing location, was optimal in supporting Surfing WA’s on-beach operations, reducing congestion at the north end of Trigg car park, avoiding dune impact and responding to the State Government’s Coastal Planning Policy 2.6.

What is the design?

The new Surfing WA facility was designed by Bateman Architects. It is a single-storey, demountable design, with aesthetic treatment to complement the coastal environment. The demountable aspect meets the State Government’s Coastal Planning Policy 2.6 (ie, it can be relocated or removed in the event of coastal movement from rising sea levels).

Who is the builder?

Surfing WA has contracted builder Bistel Pty Ltd for the project. Bistel has experience in the construction of coastal projects. Examples include Yanchep and Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Clubs and pavilion facilities for local governments.

Who has approved it?

Surfing WA has been issued a Building Permit/Licence to build a new facility at South Trigg.

The Development Application was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) in May 2021. The project meets all State Government policy requirements (ie, Environment, Bushfire, Bush Forever, Coastal Planning, Traffic Management).

The City of Stirling is providing Surfing WA with a 21-year Ground Lease at the new location.

The project is fully funded by the Federal Government and Surfing WA.

How is the City of Stirling involved?

The City of Stirling lease agreement with Surfing WA is for a 'Ground Lease', not a building lease. The City is not providing funding for the project. It is fully funded by the Federal Government and Surfing WA.

The City of Stirling and Surfing WA are working closely together, to ensure positive outcomes for the surfing community and local Trigg community.

What is a 'Ground Lease'?

A ground lease is an agreement in which a Lessee (tenant) is permitted to develop a piece of land during and throughout the period of the lease. 

The improvements (buildings) are owned by the Lessee and all responsibility for repair, maintenance and capital improvements in relation to the building is the responsibility of the Lessee. 

What are the terms of the Ground Lease?

Lessor City of Stirling

Lessee Surfing WA

Form of lease Ground Lease

Initial lease term 21 years from practical completion of the development.

Further term Lessee to be granted first right of refusal for any subsequent Ground Lease term subject to the Lessee meeting various terms and conditions.

Annual commencing rent $1.00 on demand

Lease purpose Sporting, community and ancillary purposes required to support the operation of a State Surfing Facility.

Reinstatement In the event the Lessee no longer occupies the premises, the Lessee will be required to reinstate the land to the satisfaction of the City of Stirling.

Timeline

Perimeter fencing erected around the site zone. During this phase, there will be no impact to the community.

Late July 2021

Demolition of existing retaining walls and site excavation. Potential for dust in the surrounding area.

Early August 2021

Concrete slab works.There may be a number of trucks on site which may impact the southern entrance to the car park.

Late October 2021

Pouring of pre-cast concrete panels. There may be a number of trucks on site which may impact the southern entrance to the car park.

Late November 2021

Concrete panels erected. To ensure community safety, there will be no access to the dual-use path in front of the site for approximately two days.

Mid December 2021

Structural steel and roof works. There will be a large crane onsite. During lifting of the steel, to ensure community safety, the dual-use path may be closed for approximately one day.

January 2022

Installation of external facade works on western side of the building.

February 2022

Internal works. No impact to the community is expected.

March to May 2022

External landscaping, including limestone terracing, turf and reticulation installation, shrub and tree planting. No impact to the community.

May 2022

Facility testing and cleaning. Work completed. No impact to the community.

June 2022
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Site plan

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Further information

  • Bistel (site safety / building work), contact Robb Voss - Site Manager, Bistel on 0417 900 360
  • Surfing WA (new facility design and function), contact Sara Pickering - Executive Officer, Surfing WA on 0419 099 553
  • City of Stirling (Ground Lease), contact Grant Ingvarson - Coordinator Building Projects (08) 9205 8445.

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