The City has undertaken a series of investigations and community engagement activities to inform a range of options for the Hamer Park and Inglewood Oval Building Redevelopment Project.
Following consultation with the community in 2014, the City developed concept designs for a new and relocated Hamer Park Clubrooms and a new Moyle Pavilion at Inglewood Oval, seeking community feedback on the proposal throughout April, May and June this year.
The concepts identified a new building for Moyle Pavilion in its current location and a new Hamer Park Clubrooms building to be relocated to the north-western side of Hamer Park, with access to the building from Woodsome Street. During the consultation period the community expressed concerns regarding the proposed new location of the Hamer Park Clubrooms specifically relating to parking provision, traffic on Woodsome Street, safety and cost.
A Council report on 10 September 2019 provided feedback on both building proposals and identified that as a result of the level of community concern regarding the Hamer Park Clubrooms proposal, that the Woodsome Street location would not be progressed. The new Moyle Pavilion building project was endorsed by Council for the purpose of progressing to detailed design and documentation development.
The size and types of internal spaces have been determined through review of industry best practice, state sporting association guidelines (e.g. AFL preferred facility guidelines and Cricket Facilities Guidelines) and other City facility provision. Consultation has also occurred with the Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club and Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club and will continue through design stages to ensure the Hamer Park Clubrooms is functional and meets the needs of the sporting clubs. It is noted that the City will provide the following for community level and grass roots sports provision;
- Clubroom - inclusion of adjacent chair/table store to minimise clutter in the clubroom and provide greater flexibility
- Kitchen and Kiosk - inclusion of outwards facing servery so volunteers can view the sporting field
- Storage with external access - provided for each club to allow for storage of items during the off-season
- Changerooms - provided as gender neutral with shower cubicles, separate wet areas for each changeroom, provision of two home team and two visitor changerooms
- Office - to assist with management of sporting club and growing needs for privacy and security of information
- Umpire Changerooms - dedicated space for umpires and can accommodate growth in female umpires
- Internal toilets - to service the clubroom and spectators
- Veranda and spectator - size and space dependent on location
- Internal servery - for food and drink service
*It is noted that the Clubs must fund specified equipment to undertake functional use such as kitchen and servery equipment.
The Hamer Park Clubrooms will accommodate the Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club and Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club who will relocate from Moyle Pavilion following construction.
All sporting clubs throughout the City have the opportunity to apply for a liquor licence which is assessed and approved by Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Racing, Gaming and Liquor assess each application on a case by case basis which includes strict guidelines.
The majority of senior sporting activity is being centralised at Moyle Pavilion with the Perth Baseball Club and relocation of the Mt Lawley Amateur Football Club. Currently the Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club (both senior and junior players) will remain at Hamer Park Clubrooms.
Hamer Park sporting clubrooms are currently home to the Mount Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club during the summer sporting season (October to March) and the Mt Lawley Amateur Football Club (seniors) in the winter (April to September). Each season operates for 26 weeks per year noting there are annual variances when teams reach finals.
The buildings are used in both summer and winter months during evenings for training and weekends for match play. Sports training sessions are generally held on weeknights from 4.30pm to 7pm with match play on Saturdays and Sundays. Daytime use of both sporting clubrooms is low during the week and there is rarely any use by other groups outside of sporting use.
The table below outlines the proposed average weekly clubroom sporting use based on the proposed sporting users being the Mount Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club and the Mount Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club.
|Club||Weekday usage (hours)||Weekend usage (hours)||Total current summer season usage per week (hours)|
|Mount Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club||11.5||14.5||26|
|Mount Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club||10||14.5||24.5|
It is important to note that ground and clubroom use fluctuates each season dependent on the respective clubs:
- Player and membership registrations
- Number of teams training and match play fixtures
- Qualifying for finals
- Club related fundraising activities
- “Home” and “away” fixtures which are scheduled through their respective State Sporting Associations.
The respective sports clubs can provide localised community access to the clubrooms for small scale community use in line with their licence agreements.
The project has been informed through a series of community consultation activities. The City has received significant feedback from sporting clubs, stakeholders and residents regarding current and future community sporting needs and the community values associated with the surrounding parkland.
The City wants to ensure the Hamer Park clubrooms continue to meet the needs of the community and sporting clubs into the future and has investigated alternative locations close to North Street. The following options have been identified and consideration assessed against community values and user needs:
Option A - Central Spine
Option A is mid-way between North Street and Woodsome Street and is central to both ovals.
In order to achieve a building in this location, the footprint is required to be extremely slim to fit between the east and west cricket ovals. A nominated 10 metre building width will require a 70 metre long structure to accommodate the user needs. Any structure proposed in this area requires path networks (2metres) and safe run-off zones (5metres) from structures.
With a minimal width nominated for the building, there is not enough space between the two ovals to allow for correctly sized Australian football and cricket pitches without removing earth and trees from the western hill and providing retaining walls. A building in this location will also require up to 10 trees to be removed.
Option B - Second Avenue
Option B is located south of Hamer park, central to both ovals and within close proximity to the existing car park.
The area can accommodate the footprint required to meet user needs and can be constructed with minimal impact to any sporting season. The area is close to existing infrastructure services and provides good sight lines to both ovals. A building in this location will require up to 5 established trees and 1 significant tree (the Citriodora) to be removed.
Option C - South end of ovals
Option C is located between the ovals at the south of Hamer Park.
The area will provide central views to both ovals and increases distances from local residents. Option C ensures minimal tree loss occurs and considers the root protection zone of the Citriodora. A building in this location will require up to 3 trees to be removed.
Option D - Demolish and rebuild at the same location
Whilst option D is the least invasive to green space, the building remains within close proximity to residences.
The existing location does not provide adequate viewing to both ovals and without demolishing the existing building, the opportunity to provide additional car parking for the area cannot be achieved.
Locations are being considered for new clubroomsView View
The City has considered areas to provide localised parking, sufficient to support current and proposed use. If demolished, the existing Hamer Park Clubrooms area can provide an additional 59 parking bays and 2 accessible bays. The car park can be managed by the respective clubs during game times and act as an overflow car park when required.
The City understands the need for peak parking times, when all clubs are playing at home during winter. Recent parking surveys, undertaken in June 2019, captured the use of Mount Lawley Inglewood Junior football at the Central Avenue car park and recorded a maximum requirement for 141 cars.
If the existing Hamer Park clubrooms are demolished an additional 59 car parking bays can be provided which could result in the possible provision of 193 parking bays made up of:
- 59 existing bays at Second Avenue car park
- 59 proposed bays in new location
- 75 on street bays in Woodsome Street.