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Allen Park Master Plan

Are you a user of the Allen Park Precinct, or do you have an interest or interested in the future of the Precinct? If so, the City invites you to participate in the community engagement activities to plan for its future. Your feedback will help shape its future.

The Allen Park Precinct is an important asset for the community. In recognition, the City is embarking on a master plan for the precinct to provide a framework for any future development. It will consider existing conservation efforts and the heritage of the area, matched with the park’s links to nearby beaches and its regional role as a central sporting facility in the western suburbs. The process will investigate the optimal mix of various sports at the reserve, along with the established environmental area, while balancing access to the community for casual and passive recreation purposes.

Consultancy company, ABV Leisure Consultancy has been appointed by the City to prepare the master plan including the community engagement activities.

The project is in the very early stages and the local community and key stakeholders will be consulted, engaged and informed at every step of the way. Information will be published here as the project develops to keep the community informed and involved. To keep updated, check out this page regularly as the page will continue to develop and provide new information as the project progresses.

Master Plan Process

The City and the Consultant team will undertake a number of processes in the master plan development:

  • Consult with identified key stakeholders to identify uses, issues and needs, now and into the future
  • Engage with the community about what is important to them
  • Undertake a detailed analysis of the demographic profile and projections
  • Undertake a site analysis to identifying constraints, existing vegetation and other features
  • Review of surrounding neighbourhoods and consult with government agencies
  • Undertake a benchmark analysis and identify opportunities
  • Undertake an environmental and heritage analysis
  • Analyse current parking and traffic issues and ensure these are considered in any future plans.

All of that information will be assessed and considered in developing the draft master plan. The draft plan will then be available for community input and feedback before the final plan is developed.

Please note, all information placed on this engagement page will be referred to the Consultants.

How can you be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

You can participate in this project by registering (tab at the top of this page), reading the information in the document library and the FAQs, and/or;

Community Stakeholder Groups and Sporting Groups:

  • Community stakeholder groups will be interviewed by the Consultant team
  • Sporting groups to assist by completing a user survey along with meeting with the Consultant Team.

Following the draft master plan development, the plan will be available for comment on this engagement page along with the opportunity to provide feedback at a further community drop in session planned for October 2017.

Project updates

Updates will be provided via the News Feed on this page. Information being provided will change from time to time along with key dates as the project progresses. To keep up-to-date please view the information by:

  • Reading the reports in the document library
  • Reading the FAQs
  • Checking out the key dates
  • Reading our updates in the News Feed

Are you a user of the Allen Park Precinct, or do you have an interest or interested in the future of the Precinct? If so, the City invites you to participate in the community engagement activities to plan for its future. Your feedback will help shape its future.

The Allen Park Precinct is an important asset for the community. In recognition, the City is embarking on a master plan for the precinct to provide a framework for any future development. It will consider existing conservation efforts and the heritage of the area, matched with the park’s links to nearby beaches and its regional role as a central sporting facility in the western suburbs. The process will investigate the optimal mix of various sports at the reserve, along with the established environmental area, while balancing access to the community for casual and passive recreation purposes.

Consultancy company, ABV Leisure Consultancy has been appointed by the City to prepare the master plan including the community engagement activities.

The project is in the very early stages and the local community and key stakeholders will be consulted, engaged and informed at every step of the way. Information will be published here as the project develops to keep the community informed and involved. To keep updated, check out this page regularly as the page will continue to develop and provide new information as the project progresses.

Master Plan Process

The City and the Consultant team will undertake a number of processes in the master plan development:

  • Consult with identified key stakeholders to identify uses, issues and needs, now and into the future
  • Engage with the community about what is important to them
  • Undertake a detailed analysis of the demographic profile and projections
  • Undertake a site analysis to identifying constraints, existing vegetation and other features
  • Review of surrounding neighbourhoods and consult with government agencies
  • Undertake a benchmark analysis and identify opportunities
  • Undertake an environmental and heritage analysis
  • Analyse current parking and traffic issues and ensure these are considered in any future plans.

All of that information will be assessed and considered in developing the draft master plan. The draft plan will then be available for community input and feedback before the final plan is developed.

Please note, all information placed on this engagement page will be referred to the Consultants.

How can you be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

You can participate in this project by registering (tab at the top of this page), reading the information in the document library and the FAQs, and/or;

Community Stakeholder Groups and Sporting Groups:

  • Community stakeholder groups will be interviewed by the Consultant team
  • Sporting groups to assist by completing a user survey along with meeting with the Consultant Team.

Following the draft master plan development, the plan will be available for comment on this engagement page along with the opportunity to provide feedback at a further community drop in session planned for October 2017.

Project updates

Updates will be provided via the News Feed on this page. Information being provided will change from time to time along with key dates as the project progresses. To keep up-to-date please view the information by:

  • Reading the reports in the document library
  • Reading the FAQs
  • Checking out the key dates
  • Reading our updates in the News Feed

The feedback period for this project has now closed - so anything you submit now may not be considered in the development of the final Master Plan, but you can still read all the online feedback that has been received throughout this project below. 

Please see the Newsfeed and Key Dates for more information about what happens next. 

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Hello .....
Some time ago it was found that Allen Park was the most over-built park in the metropolitan region on a ratio basis of buildings per square metre of the total park area .

Hence , there must be some other parks within the city which could easily accommodate any development such as a swimming pool for water sports , or any other development which entails the building of structures etcetera .

In other words , as a daily passive user of the park for many years , l believe the park should remain only at the current level of development without any need for further restrictions to access such ring fences or other obstructions .

Park User about 1 month ago

Disappointed at the draft master plan. No attempt to reach broader Nedlands and far too local centric.

petaped about 2 months ago

Please - no more dilapidated buildings in the Park!!!!

Ermie about 2 months ago

The consultants have done well to try to resolve the many conflicting views about the future use of Allen Park. While I would not have opposed either the hockey fields or the water polo pool as I believe providing access to sporting facilities is vital to the health of our community and to the well-being of our young people, I recognise that not everyone feels the same way. I strongly support the provision of more tennis courts - these provide exercise and activity to people of all ages and should be encouraged.

I do not see the "village green"/community markets idea for the beach oval area as being practical - it is far too exposed for most of the year. The old bowling club site would be marginally better for this purpose but could better be used for an adventure playground and (hopefully) a skateboard facility.

Traffic speeds in the Wood/Kirkwood area need to be better controlled as it is often quite difficult to cross when cars round the corner from Wood St too quickly and from out of sight.

I do hope this Master Plan is implemented and that we do not find ourselves going through this process again in another 15 years or so.

Ermie about 2 months ago

I walk through Swanbourne oval every day on my way to walk along the coast and I'm so glad that the draft master plan is recommending that the oval be maintained and not given up to plastic and concrete astroturfs and water polo pools. We must protect our precious wildlife bush and green spaces!! Please can we not put asphalt car parks on the oval either or any extra car parks if possible as this will just encourage more traffic to the area! If we must have car parks please let them be green grass ones with trees. This world needs less traffic and concrete! Also please can the council resolve the tenure of the land near the walkway from sayer street to heritage precinct by rezoning it as A class reserve and retaining it as bush land forever.

Choo about 2 months ago

I am against theAstroTurf. Have used Swanbourne oval for years and can't imagine it being replaced by fenced plastic astroturfs and the waterpolo pool. In addition, introduction of additional carparks will destroy the beauty of this beautiful landscape

RGJAY about 2 months ago

I support the draft masterplan as the draft masterplan has no Astro turfs or waterpolo pool. The masterplan does recommend asphalting the overflow green car parking space on Swanbourne Oval. There should be NO more car parking particularly asphalt car parks!!!!!

Liz about 2 months ago

The draft master plan accurately reflects the local community’s views and i urge the council to adopt this draft Master Plan to protect the much valued green belt.

The Draft Master plan as developed by the consultants reflects the views of our local Allen Park precinct community. It is now time for the Council to act for the community who live in, care for and interact with this area. Judging by some of the posts on this website the Wolves and the Dolphins are STILL pushing for their astroturfs and concrete swimming pool! The council should not be swayed by coordinated campaigning by private clubs, run by individuals who do not live in this area. Their proposals have already been rejected by locals and councillors in other areas because, in this day and age, people want to protect the environment, not replace grass, bush and bird and wildlife habitat with asphalt, concrete, plastic, high fencing, floodlights and buildings (astroturfs and water polo pools), paryicularly for private club use to the exclusion of the local community. We should not be encouraging more traffic with such facilities or by providing more car parking in general. If more car parking really must be provided it should be green grass covered parking areas with trees.

Peter Haselhurst about 2 months ago

Dear City of Nedlands,
Please do not allow any further parking on Swanbourne oval or any sporting clubs to establish facilities on this pristine coastal amenity. The current draft Master Plan seems to preserve this entire precinct in the manner in which residents have enjoyed this area for a very long time. We greatly support the continuation of this world class amenity &, in particular, Swanbourne oval should be left as is with it natural beauty preserved for generations to come.

D&M about 2 months ago

Hi, We support the draft master plan it reflects the local desire to keep the area green. No to plastic AstroTurf and no to concrete water polo pools and no to asphalt or concrete car parks.
This would destroy the coastal environment. No private sporting facilities should be built on prime coastal grass or bush or grass!!! Thank you

Sylvie Rozon about 2 months ago

Allen Park is beautiful natural parkland which is rare and needs to be protected. Any developments will be regretted. The most beautiful parks in London - Richmond, Wimbledon have not been developed into sporting fields or man made natures playgrounds. Allen Park is one of a few few areas left as a beautiful, natural area. Please protect it.

Jacqueline Gray about 2 months ago

Thank you to all contributors of the Master Plan for Allen Park. I very much endorse the concepts that have been presented and look forward to seeing it implemented.

Madonna about 2 months ago

I support the draft Master Plan for Allen Park although I was unable to attend the feedback session. The consultants appear to have pulled together the community comments in a thoughtful draft Master Plan. I support the sentiment of the whole plan but would like to particularly endorse their recommendations on the following:
1. Tenure Issues: I am concerned that there are portions of land on the Map extracts, depicting what we all think of as Allen Park, which I now understand include areas with insecure tenure. These areas are at risk and it would seem from my research that previous Councils in past decades have failed to take the correct steps to ensure these Lots become part of the Allen Park reserve with secure tenure. The Walkway (Lot 353) that runs from the Heritage Precinct area of Allen Park, Wood Street, through to the north eastern section of the Allen Park residential area is an example. It is a level path in an attractive undulating bush setting of about 4000 square metres. Along with hundreds of others, my family and I use that particularly tranquil portion of bushland pathway on a regular basis, both walking and cycling. It is an important connecting pathway link for those who live to the south and west of Allen Park (including people in local government areas of Nedlands, Cottesloe and further south) to reach the underpass under West Coast Highway for safe pedestrian and cycling linkage to Swanbourne Primary School, Mt Claremont, and the city (for cycling commuters).
2. The Historic Precinct is a bonus to Allen Park but I would like to draw attention to the Friends of Allen Park Bushland Group cottage which is the last original house from the area, in its original location but desperately in need of restoration. It is used regularly by the Bushland Group as their headquarters. This wonderful group, consisting of volunteers, has worked tirelessly to restore and maintain the bushland that we all enjoy. The cottage is a valuable facility for them and also to the community for its historic value.
3. Limiting built structures in the park - but adding thoughtful, stimulating natural play areas for older children. There has always been a lack of any sort of passive or unstructured recreation areas for older children.
4. Keeping the emphasis on walking and cycling traffic rather than motorised vehicles: attention to pedestrian safety in areas where people and cars might meet within the park. I particularly refer to the western exit from the Melon Hill path. There is a T intersection for pedestrians coming down from Melon Hill but it can be hazardous for those who wish to turn west to the beach because the path suddenly meets the harsh dark bitumen car park of the Bridge Club. There is not a particularly clear way to cross the car park in safety and head west.
5. Finally, I ask for no more bitumen parking surfaces in Allen Park. Grassy overflow parking areas with trees for shade make more sense both aesthetically and to reduce heat.

I urge the City of Nedlands Council to endorse the final Master Plan as soon as possible.

Michael C about 2 months ago

Congratulations on the Allen Park Masterplan. I strongly endorse this great plan for the future. J Wray

John Wray about 2 months ago

I applaud the intense and insightful contributions by the broad community and the City of Nedlands Mayor, councillors and staff for facilitating this detailed process.

Community consultation on a Masterplan for the Swanbourne Precinct goes back at least to 2000. Regrettably, the good will, time and energy devoted by the community never reached fruition, but it appears from the Draft Masterplan that the community has held true to its vision over nearly two decades.
I urge the City of Nedlands Council, not to lose this opportunity, momentum and resources and strive to adopt the Masterplan by this December. As rightly concerned with fiscal rectitude, may the Council not permit yet another waste of City funds through consultant briefs that never got to a result, with the consequent disempowerment, disappointment and disillusionment of the community. Please adopt the plan.

I was unable to attend the latest public session but I appreciate and endorse most the draft report. Several concerns remain.
1. There needs to be clarity in the formal A Class land status regarding allocations of areas for structured and unstructured recreation on one hand and natural environment management, rehabilitation and unstructured recreation on the other. Currently the various A Class reserves boundaries cut across the two main purposes of usage. Within the bushland areas there are several freehold blocks held by the City of Nedlands - Lots 1, 139, 150 and 353 and one other (former Mayo Cottage site) that for reasons of environmental integrity and community confidence that this purpose will endure, need to be added to the relevant A Class reserve. From a point of view of conservative fiscal rectitude perspective, it may be that replacement land would need to be created to maintain the asset portfolio of the City, although environmental allocation is a most meritorious use of the land, not without its own intangible and not so intangible economic benefits. Swanbourne has a history of being able to pragmatically assist the Council in its governance responsibilities. It is also noted that the Swanbourne community identified for the City of Nedlands that the land west of Limekiln Fields could and should be developed for residential sale, and strongly supported Council when it chose to pursue that objective. This raised a significant sum for Council cash reserves.
2. Regarding the options presented on p29 of the report, regarding the former lawn bowls area, I support the development of a youth recreation area, including if feasible a skate park (which is an unsuitable beachside facility because of sand blow and potential conflict with the adjoining family BBQ area. The periphery of the bowls area could be returned to native vegetation and thus improve the connectivity of the wild life corridor and long-term sustainability. I strongly oppose installation of water polo. This and hockey on the beach oval would become a major drain on City resources, apart from the disruption to resident enjoyment of their amenity. Regarding the recommendation that public toilets be located here, I would argue these - if planned - go on the Swanbourne Beach Oval as having more surveillance .
3. In the Swanbourne Beach Redevelopment initiated by a previous Council, stage 3 was for Youth recreation Area at the north end in place of the demolished kiosk. It would be a measure of good faith, especially given the paucity of youth activity facilities in the Swanbourne Precinct to revive this plan. As noted, sand wrecks skate ball bearing and probably not the ideal youth facility just here but other suitable activities and facilities could be developed.
4. The popular Kirkwood playground next to the sump, warrants expansion with the addition of more adventurous and naturalistic paly challenges. When the large 'ship' was removed two decades ago it was a lose to imaginative play. There is also a lack of play opportunities for upper primary - upper high school children.
5. The Kirkwood sump could be developed as a mini wetland by provision of a clay base.
6. As a geologist, I would applaud a policy of infrastructure not importing exotic materials such as granite but respect for the limestone - dune terrain.
7.Others may have already commented, but I believe the Jack Allen monument deserves a serious and more respectful treatment and enhancement.
8. Most importantly, regarding Sheet B on p32, I support option 1 and very much oppose option 2. Likewise, I oppose the allocation of the community space of Swanbourne Beach oval to an elite and essentially foreign club which would cause a major impediment to unstructured recreation through the precinct.

In summary, my congratulations to those who have laboured hard, envisioned what the gem of Swanbourne Precinct could become. I urge councillors to get glory by adopting the Masterplan by this December then work in the 2018 budget process for the necessary on-going funding.

Well done!

Stephen Lipple

Stephen Lipple about 2 months ago

The community have actively;y and positively participated in all Master planning processes since early 1990, and have been let down by Council not adopting the last two attempts. The participants with most to gain and suffer are the existing community who have nurtured and cared for the area, built up the facilities and collaboratively operate in harmony for the benefit of the whole Swanbourne Allen Park community and visitors who are occasional visitors and occasional users of the facilities and environment.

It is now time for the Council to adopt this draft Master Plan to provide clarity for the ongoing community engagement and harmonious growth of the area and protection of the much valued green belt.

The framework provided in the Draft Master plan as developed by the consultants clearly reflects the overarching view of the community who inhabit, interact with and maintain the environment and sporting facilities in and surrounding the Allen Park precinct. It is now time for the Council to act for the community who live in and interact with this area.

The Consultants have done a wonderful job reading previous community consultations and meeting with all the existing interested parties as well as potential users of the area. They have grasped the enormous value which the community places on the green belt and its interaction with and support of the sporting facilities in the area.

Two critical issues remain at the forefront of the community's concerns for the area:
1. Unresolved issues from 1997/98 regarding land tenure of the Walkway from Sayer Street to Kirkwood and its inclusion into the A Class Reserve, and
2. The speed of traffic through the precinct and especially along Wood/Kirkwood and Clement Odern Crescent and at the intersection of Wood/Kirkwood. Crossing Kirkwood to the lower Allen Park Oval at almost any time of day or night is dangerous with cars accelerating into or from the Wood/Kirkwood corner.

Overall a good inclusive process which has thrown up some innovative ideas and suggestions which benefit all the community, not just a select group on non-residents, and shows the collaborative approach, adopted by users and residents of the area, is a low cost inclusive way of getting buy in from everyone. Well done to all involved. We now await the imminent adoption by Council. Any delay would be seen as more of the same - just a waste of money and playing the community for fools.

M Anderson about 2 months ago

We strongly support the 2017 Allen Park Master Plan in general and encourage Nedlands Council to adopt the plan at the earliest possible date.
Our view is that it is vital to maintain and protect remnant bushland and green spaces in the Allen park precinct to retain natural corridors of bush for flora and fauna to thrive, especially when there is so much bushland in Perth under continual threat from 'development'.
We are in favour of passive recreational activity for the area and believe that further extension of sporting facilities is undesirable as the area already caters for a number of activities, which create moderate traffic and parking issues at times. Related to this, we are concerned at the increasing level of traffic using local roads and North Street - in the past this problem has been raised but traffic flow changes have been implemented in North Street, resulting in attracting more vehicles and increasing the traffic volume. It is obvious that this issue has been put in the 'too hard' basket by Nedlands and Cottesloe councils for too long and we urge the councils to work collaboratively without delay to manage traffic activity on this road, to improve outcomes for residents on both sides of this shared suburban boundary.

Joan & Rob Sharpe about 2 months ago

We support the proposed master plan in principle, and like others here believe it is important to protect the Allen Park area that has been carefully conserved and is much loved by so many. In particular we would urge the Council to resolve any land tenure issues to ensure that Lot 353 and 139 are protected from future development and appropriately zoned to safeguard that area of the precinct. We also agree that the proposed water polo or hockey developments would not be appropriate to this area, and that the emphasis should be on conservation of the existing bushland and maintenance of the existing recreation facilities and open areas. We do question whether the proposed electronic scoreboard on the lower oval is in keeping with the overall tenor of the precinct - we are concerned that it may be large and visually intrusive. Could it not be mounted on the wall of the existing pavilion? We are also concerned that the proposed disabled access and parking to the upper oval pavilion may become a large overflow parking area on the upper oval. If disabled parking is required here, how will it be managed/controlled to ensure that this does not take place?

Robert Willes & Paula Netis about 2 months ago

Dear Nedlands City Council and Conultants,
I grew up in the Allen Park area and now return with my family on a regular basis to walk in the bushland and use the playgrounds with my small children.

I support the draft Master Plan in principle and believe it is very important to safeguard Allen Park from piecemeal development that could happen without such a plan in place.

I would like to emphasise the importance of the following recommendations in the report:

1. Tenure issues: My family and I use the walkway (Lot 353) on a regular basis to walk between Wood Street and Sayer Street. As a level pathway, it is ideal an ideal accessway, particularly for my pram and toddlers’ trikes. The bushland - much of it lovingly regegnerated by the community over many years - also makes this a very special place of natural beauty. I understand that there is a threat to retaining the whole of Lot 353 and therefore i support the recommendation about the Council working to negotiate with the appropriate agencies to secure the whole of the Lot 353 and Lot 139 for future generations to enjoy. Any development in the northeast corner of Lot 353 would destroy about 50% of the level walkway and would incur great expense and destroy beautiful bushland for the City of Nedlands to dig into the adjoining hillside to build a new level path. Many elderly people also use the walkway and would not be able to use alternative paths with steps and hills, if this path was lost.

2. Play areas for older children: I support the recommendation about developing nature play areas and an adventure playground for older children. My children love the small children’s playground in the south east corner of the park, and the Jones Park playground but there is nothing much in the way of unstructured play for older children and teenagers other than the organised sporting club play at the park. A skate ramp was mentioned during my school years but still has not eventuated. This is an opportunity for my children to enjoy one.

3. Keep the green areas, reduce the amount of bitumen: I would not like to see any more bitumen used for car parking. Overflow parking should be available on grassed areas with trees for shade. Those areas can then be used for other purposes (eg kicking a soccer ball, dog walking) when not being used for parking in peak periods.

4. Retain and enhance the Heritage Precinct but do not add to the built environment in Allen Park: the feeling of space and nature is what contributes to the beauty of Allen Park. There are already a number of buildings and any more would diminish this special place. Gently lit bush paths are much more in keeping with the ambience of Allen Park.

Thank you for considering my views.

Claire Paparo

Claire Paparo about 2 months ago

I support the current master plan to facilitate a safe, family orientated environment with a high
emphasis on bushland conservation and only maintain / improve existing recreation facilities and not add any further such as water polo or hockey and ensure the surrounds, car parking and current local road network capacity not stretched any more.

Deryck about 2 months ago