Princess Wallington Community Parkland

Ongoing
Construction works are progressing on site for the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project. Works are nearing completion for in ground services and both the advanced and junior BMX tracks. The team will soon commence the management of asbestos affected soil within the site. A letter has been sent out to immediate residents. Follow project

The aim of the project is to create a new community hub at the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga that will provide the community with accessible and free recreational options for all ages, attract a wide range of users, and encourage local and community events.

Previous consultation with the community revealed that residents would like the parkland to include accessible and flexible open grassed areas, kick‐about spaces intermingled with areas for sporting activities such as multi‐courts, skate parks, a BMX track, as well as walking trails, nature play areas and improved park amenities including BBQs, shelters, public toilets, seats, drink fountains and bins. The City has awarded the construction works to MG Group. Ecoscape Landscape Architects, who undertook the design and documentation, will continue as the project Superintendents. Both companies are Western Australian-based.

The City is contributing $4 million to the project and Lotterywest has provided a $2.34 million grant for the project.

There is more information about the history of the project on the Infrastructure and facilities projects page.

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FAQs

Where can I get more information?

For more information please contact the project team on (08) 9205 8555.

Can I still provide feedback?

The City is always open to public feedback and comments which can be submitted via phone (08) 9205 8555 or use the customer contact form

What is the aim of the project?

The City of Stirling aims to create a new community hub at the Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga that will provide the community with accessible and free recreational options for all ages attract a wide range of users and encourage local and community events.

What is included in the parkland project?

The parkland will include a variety of amenities such as:

  • Regional nature playground
  • BMX and Dirt Bike Facility
  • Skate Facility
  • Multi-courts (basketball, futsal and netball)
  • Parkour and youth area, includes seating, in-ground trampolines and WIFI
  • Walking trails
  • Picnic Amenities includes BBQ, picnic areas, seating, drink fountains etc.
  • Community event and market space.
  • Open grassed areas for kick about
  • Formalised car parking
  • Public art.

Where is the parkland going to be located?

The parkland area is located to the east of Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga (from the back fence adjacent to the swimming pool) across the grassland to the Camberwell Park Bushland Reserve.
It is shown on the design plans located in useful documents below.

Alternatively a hard copy can be requested from the City on (08) 9205 8555.

When will construction commence?

Construction commenced in January 2020. Works are anticipated to complete in mid-2021.

In August 2017, Council approved the progression of Stage 1 and 2 (stage 4 sits within stage 2) of the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project. Stage 3 is pending Council approval subject to the City’s financial capacity and project scheduling.

Will Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga remain open?

Yes Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga will remain open throughout the duration of the project with no disruption to services anticipated. The Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga carpark will remain unaffected.

Will the Balga Friday Markets still operate?

The Balga Friday Markets commenced operations at Mirrabooka Open Space (Rear of Herb Graham Regional Recreation Centre) in November 2019. The Balga Community Association Inc. committee (t/a Balga Friday Markets) worked with the City to relocate in consideration of health and safety of patrons during construction and to ensure adequate parking for all.

Balga Friday Markets will remain at Mirrabooka Open Space for the duration of construction and will advise of any further relocations following completion of works.

Will this affect parking, traffic routes or cause road closures?

Leisurepark Balga car park will remain open during construction.

Please utilise the overflow car parks:

  • Northern car parks at Balga Soccer Club or Balga Cricket Club
  • Camberwell car park.

A traffic management plan will be in effect throughout the duration of the project to minimise traffic disruptions and ensure safety to all road users and pedestrians.

Should a road closure be required residents will be advised in advance and the traffic management plan will ensure a safe and effective detour will be organised.

Where will car bays be situated at the reserve post construction?

The current overflow car park located to the west (at the back) of Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark - Balga currently has 40 car bays and 26 verge parking bays. It will be reengineered to provide 108 formal parking bays; 103 standard parking bays, 4 accessible cays and 1 food truck bay.

The car park to the north (the top) of Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark – Balga currently has 136 car bays (this includes 3 accessible bays) and 39 verge parking bays which will remain.

There will be no informal parking within the parkland post construction.

Will it be free parking?

Yes.

How will construction affect the community?

The City does not anticipate the construction affecting the adjacent residents or wider community. The construction contractor when awarded will be obliged to adhere to local government laws regarding working hours, noise pollution and environmental pollution. Any complaints submitted regarding the construction will be reviewed and addressed in line with the City’s complaint process. A traffic management plan will be in place throughout the construction period.

What is contaminated site remediation?

The City as part of the project works will address legacy site contamination issues within the parkland. The City to date has worked closely with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and Department of Health (DOH) to meet all legislative requirements, standards and guidelines. The City has engaged a Contaminated Sites Auditor to oversee the process on behalf of DWER. This has been undertaken to allow the City to apply to reclassify the land for public use with DWER. A contractor specialising in site contamination has been engaged to undertake and monitor the works. The previous

Balga Aquatic Centre demolition contained asbestos and asbestos containing materials which were remediated at the time
on site.

To allow future public usage the City will:

  • Remove contaminated fill
  • Put in place a geotextile barrier (bright yellow covering to indicate where contaminated land may remain) 
  • Replace with 300mm of clean fill covering the area.

The City will send out written notification to residents 2 weeks prior to works addressing the works, remediation and monitoring process and contact details. In addition to this FAQ the City will include information in the Princess Wallington Community Parkland enewsletter. 

What security measures will be considered?

The City takes the safety and security of its local community very seriously and has looked at ways to ensure the Community Parkland provides a safe and welcoming environment. Some of these initiatives include; the introduction of
high resolution CCTV security cameras, improved lighting throughout the parkland, keeping pathways wide and open and maximising passive surveillance from roads and adjacent buildings.

Will the parkland be fenced?

Natural borders will be created with logs, boulders and rock formations with walking trails and wayfinding to assist orientation. The nature playground will be partly fenced to traffic areas and a natural border via rock formations and
vegetation surrounding the area.

Is there going to be a Wi-Fi Service?

Yes.

What will happen to the trees at the reserve? Will they be retained?

The City of Stirling as part of initial investigations, engaged consulting arborist Paperbark Technologies to undertake a Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) to identify health and condition of all trees within the Princess Wallington Community Parkland development area.

The trees identified for removal in the QTRA were reviewed in terms of health, structural integrity and risks associated with public safety. Where identified in the QTRA, further tree pruning and remediation will be undertaken to preserve the remaining trees.

A Tree condition survey has been undertaken as part of the project. The overall aim is to create a net gain in the number of trees located in the parkland area. The aim is 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.

The Community Parkland design nominates 30 trees for removal as per Attachment 4 - Identified Trees for Removal. Of the trees proposed for removal, seven are dead and a further 17 are in poor health and/or structural condition (and are therefore being removed on safety grounds). The remaining six trees (three Eucalyptus marginata, two Tipuana tipu and one Araucaria columnaris) are proposed for removal to accommodate parking and recreational infrastructure.

The key biophysical design driver identified is the Balga, Xanthorrhoea preissi (the area namesake). 65 grass trees are proposed for removal as part of the design and these grass trees will be transplanted to various areas across the
parkland and Balga suburb.

The material acquired from the tree removal process will be recycled both on and off site. Large logs and tree trunks will be used as nature play elements across the site, particularly in the playground. Some logs will also be donated to local environmental organisations such as Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Rescue and Native Animal Rescue. Remaining material will be mulched, and spread on site in garden beds. To offset the tree removals, City will plant 63 x 45litre trees. These are a mix of Karrakatta South, Central Complex Species and WA Natives will be used in the parkland. 

To preserve the area’s namesake tree, the Balga (grass tree), where removal is required the City intends to transplant the affected Balga’s to other areas in the parkland and within the Balga suburb.

How will Phytophthora dieback in the area be managed?

As part of the project surveys the City has undertaken a Phytophthora Dieback Assessment and Broadscale Risk Assessment by Terratree. As already noted by the on-site signage located at the dog exercise park entrance and
Bushland conservation entrance from the Camberwell car park the parkland does have dieback present.

The contractor will undertake dieback management as part of their Health, Safety and Environmental Management plan to contain the dieback within the parkland area itself.

Further information on what Phytophthora dieback is can be found at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website.

What is parkour?

Parkour is a type of physical activity which involves moving between obstacles in the most efficient way by using abilities of the body such as running, jumping and climbing. It can also be called 'free running'. Parkour and gymnastics type features were popular ideas raised by the community during the consultation period.

What are multi-courts?

The multi-courts offer one full sized court with basketball and futsal as the most popular sports with additional practise half-court for netball on the southern end. Multi-courts are a new way of incorporating several different sporting options into one facility such as soccer, basketball and netball. They have become popular among local governments as they allow use by a larger cross section of the community. The multi-courts are designed to provide free and casual use by the community and are not available to be booked for formal sporting teams to train or play matches. The City has installed multi-courts at Des Penman Reserve, Nollamara and Yuluma Park, Innaloo.

What type of Skate and BMX will be provided?

The skate facility focuses users on three stages of advancement opportunities. The beginner street section, central transition and hybrid zone and the open half pipe which was the most popular item selected during the community
consultation. 

Additional elements in the skate facility include an elevated stage area which can be used for workshops, youth events and general spectators as well as seating and shade at key wait points such as the edge of the half pipe.

The BMX and dirt bike facility will consist of an advanced enclosed track and a junior track. Both are single loop tracks.

The advanced track has merged a pump style track and jumps as well as elements more suited to mountain bikes.

Currently there is a lack of dirt facilities for BMX and mountain bikes within the Perth Metropolitan area.

Can the Skate Facility / Dirt BMX track / Multi-Courts be booked for events such as birthday parties?

The City is currently reviewing its options regarding event booking.

Will there be commercial opportunities?

The City has included the provision of a hard stand with power outlets for potential carts / food stands. The City is investigating the potential of allowing food trucks on site. A final decision will be made following construction and
communicated on the City’s website.

Will there be an opening ceremony / event once the project is complete?

Yes there will be an opening ceremony once the project has been completed to celebrate the parkland redevelopment and new community hub.

Award

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.

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Timeline

2013 - Skate and BMX Facility Strategy endorsed by Council

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

2015 - Conceptual design stage

The City undertook extensive community consultation in June 2015 to inform the conceptual design for the Princess Wallington Reserve Satellite Facility.

2017 - Approval to progress

In August 2017, Council approved the progression of Stage 1 and 2 of the Princess Wallington Community Parkland project. The total City contribution and Lotterywest grant funding combined is $6,380,181.

2018 - Detailed design stage

The City is progressing the design of the community parkland and continues to engage the community on its development. Engagement activities include information sessions, ongoing communication and a feedback form for the parkland, skate park and BMX designs.

2019 - Detailed design finalised

The detailed design for the Princess Wallington Community Parkland was finalised in early 2019. A community information session was held April 2019.

2019 - Documentation and Tender

2019 - MG Group awarded tender for works

2020 - Construction commences

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For more information, contact Project Officer, Krystal Hunter on (08) 9205 8555 or use the customer enquiry form

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