Mt Claremont Oval - Proposal from Westside Wolves Hockey Club

Consultation has concluded

Do you live near, or use, or have an interest in Mt Claremont Oval? If so, the City would like to hear your thoughts the Westside Wolves Hockey Club proposal to build permanent hockey facilities at Mt Claremont Oval.

At the same time, the facilities will still be available for other community groups and other various community activities.

The City is seeking to understand the level of community support for the project and your feedback is important to the City.

This engagement project is to assist with the City's decision-making process on whether to approve a period of time for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.



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

Please:

  • Visit the document library and view artist images and site plan of the proposal.
  • Ask us a question on the proposal, by using the question tab and we will respond.
  • Complete the survey to provide us with your support for or against the proposals. This survey should only take 2 minutes to complete and will be used as the basis of identifying the community's level of support - NOW CLOSED
  • Should you need an alternative method of providing your response, please use the City's email (council@nedlands.wa.gov.au) or mail (PO Box 9, Nedlands, 6909), or telephone the Community Engagement Coordinator (Ph. 9273 3500) for assistance. However, the completion of the online survey is preferred.

If you want to stay updated with the progress of this project, and not already a registered participant to Your Voice Nedlands, please register by clicking on the 'Register to get involved' tab at the top of this page.

Please note that all feedback is assessed regardless of the tool (eg. survey, email, letter, submission) that is used. Multiple submissions by an individual is assessed as one submission. All feedback received via email and by letter will also be placed on this engagement page.

Feedback and updates will occur by the News Feed on this engagement page.

Do you live near, or use, or have an interest in Mt Claremont Oval? If so, the City would like to hear your thoughts the Westside Wolves Hockey Club proposal to build permanent hockey facilities at Mt Claremont Oval.

At the same time, the facilities will still be available for other community groups and other various community activities.

The City is seeking to understand the level of community support for the project and your feedback is important to the City.

This engagement project is to assist with the City's decision-making process on whether to approve a period of time for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.



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

Please:

  • Visit the document library and view artist images and site plan of the proposal.
  • Ask us a question on the proposal, by using the question tab and we will respond.
  • Complete the survey to provide us with your support for or against the proposals. This survey should only take 2 minutes to complete and will be used as the basis of identifying the community's level of support - NOW CLOSED
  • Should you need an alternative method of providing your response, please use the City's email (council@nedlands.wa.gov.au) or mail (PO Box 9, Nedlands, 6909), or telephone the Community Engagement Coordinator (Ph. 9273 3500) for assistance. However, the completion of the online survey is preferred.

If you want to stay updated with the progress of this project, and not already a registered participant to Your Voice Nedlands, please register by clicking on the 'Register to get involved' tab at the top of this page.

Please note that all feedback is assessed regardless of the tool (eg. survey, email, letter, submission) that is used. Multiple submissions by an individual is assessed as one submission. All feedback received via email and by letter will also be placed on this engagement page.

Feedback and updates will occur by the News Feed on this engagement page.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Why have the Big Red Banners been removed from the oval with at least one week of community consultaion left to run? Don't you want any more of the Community to know about the proposal?

    Bob Moors asked 7 months ago

    The banners were removed because of the graffiti and the inappropriate language and comments placed on them.

    The City provided laminated pubic notices at the entrances to the reserve and on the fences.

  • The three local hockey turfs - Shenton and the two for UWA - each have barbed wire fencing around them as well as far wider spaces between the edge of the pitch and the perimeter fencing than is shown on the artist's impression. With regard to barbed wire can you tell me which is the most correct answer at this stage: 1. There will definitely not be barbed wire. 2. It is too early in the planning process to say. 3. It is to be expected that the fencing will be similar to Shenton and UWA turfs and include barbed wire. Thank you

    Geoff asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. It is too early in the process to determine the fencing type. This engagement is to understand the community's views on the concept.

  • Will survey submissions be accepted up to the close of business Monday 19th 2018?

    Bob Moors asked 7 months ago

    Yes they will.

  • I understand the Westside Wolves is classified as a 'not for profit organisation', but infact it is a highly profitable corporate business with advanced marketing and multi level business and political connections. Can you provide more information to us about the Westside wolves, their past years financial profits, possibly a copy of their last financial statement?

    Bob Moors asked 7 months ago

    This information needs to be sought from the the Westside Club themselves. Please visit their website for further information and contact details

  • Hello, could you please clarify, what policies/documents regulate community engagement projects. Thanks a lot.

    DK asked 8 months ago

    The City has a community engagement policy and operational documents which guides the development of community engagement projects. The City also uses community engagement methodologies and works within the International Association for Public Practitioners (IAP2) Framework for community engagement.

    It should also be understood that establishing sport facilities on designated recreation fields like Mt Claremont Reserve do not legally require any consultation at all. However, Council has undertaken consultation to make the community aware of the proposal to establish a synthetic hockey pitch to raise awareness and seek community feedback as part of its commitment to engage with local residents and affected stakeholders.


  • The FAQ section would appear to have been written by the Wolves Club (as opposed to Nedlands Council) in a manner that leads to an affirmative bias in place of independent comment. The reader should be made aware that the source of the information contained within the FAQ is the project applicant. An example of the bias is the comment that soccer could move to McGilvray Park whereas in fact soccer is already bursting at the seams at that venue.

    MCPS2010 asked 8 months ago

    The frequently asked questions have been developed from the report which was presented to the Council at its meeting on 8 October (refer newsfeed). The Westside Wolves have not provided the City with the questions which are presented on this engagement page, however they have provided the artists impressions/concept drawings.

  • Wolves Hockey Club advertise that it needs a "den" ie a home. Wolves is a very large club - similar in size to UWA Hockey club. UWA Hockey club requires 2 synthetic pitches and 4 grass pitches to service its needs. Given Wolves propose Mt Claremont Oval to be their home this would support an informed source of information that has suggested that this proposal is merely stage one of a larger plan to acquire additional space in the dog exercise area on the other side of Alfred Rd for 2 grass pitches. Given the clear need for more grounds for Wolves, how can local residents be assured that this proposal is not merely a beachhead for a much more substantial future grab of public space in the area?

    MCPS2010 asked 8 months ago

    The answers to your questions will be considered at the next stage of the project if the proposal is approved to allow a period of time for the Westside Wolves to prepare a detailed business proposal and designs, including funding sources.

    Any proposal to extend to more than one artificial pitch will be considered if and when the question arises. Council processes would be put in place to consult with other users and the community as we do for all projects. The outcome will depend on the issues presented at the time. Council may also reject such a proposal if it thought the project was not suitable at the outset. This is conjecture and there is currently no indication that the current proposal will be expanded at anytime in the future.

  • To recover development and maintenance costs, synthetic hockey turfs when not utilised by the home club are actively hired out to schools and other hockey clubs either for training or games. From April till late September the fields are used constantly throughout the week from early morning until late evening. Associated with this comes daily use of flood lights, umpire whistles, vocal supporter noise and active on field calling between players. The associated noise is constant which is why the majority of Synthetic pitches are not constructed in close proximity to residential areas. Mt Claremont Oval is at the bottom of a natural sound bowl - in progressing this proposal to public consultation, what consideration has the Council given to establishing and informing local residents of the likely extent and frequency of noise, particularly on still winter nights? Thank you.

    MCPS2010 asked 8 months ago

    The answers to your questions will be considered at the next stage of the project if the proposal is approved to allow a period of time for the Westside Wolves to prepare a detailed business proposal and designs, including funding sources.

  • In many of the answers here, to ratepayers questions, the respondent is answering from the viewpoint of the Westside Wolves and in defence of the proposal vs. the ratepayers concerns, taking the proposals questionable details as facts to discount any enquiry, why ?

    ED asked 8 months ago

    All responses to questions are being provided without bias to the Westside Wolves Hockey Club. The City is attempting to provide information, although limited at this time as the Westside Wolves have only presented concept drawings which are part of this engagement process.

    All detailed information being requested by people cannot be provided at this stage as the project is open to community engagement for the purposes of the City gaining an understanding of the community’s views on the proposal to construct a permanent hockey facility on a portion of Mt Claremont Reserve.

    The outcomes will enable the Council to consider the views of the community when making a decision to approve a period of time for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan. If this stage progress, all detailed requests will be researched and verified as part of this process.

  • In regards to my previous question about the fact that anyone outside of the local area can have a say, you replied that a street profile can be obtained. That's great, but is there going to be a weighting towards those who are local? I can imagine every hockey club in the metro area would have a vested interest in supporting the proposal as it would reduce demand on other existing turfs, and for the fact that the removal of a green oval in a far away suburb has zero impact on them. I am worried that this is not a fair public consultation process.

    JenC asked 8 months ago

    A weighting will not be applied to those people who respond to the survey who are not the immediate residents. The information provided to the Council will include data to show the profile of the people who responded to the survey.

  • Thank you but your response to my earlier question regarding the composition of the synthetic pitch is inadequate. We are being invited to comment on an incomplete proposal. There are serious concerns about the aquatic toxicity of synthetic playing fields. This area is in the catchment of Lake Claremont, a conservation category wetland. I am very worried about the possible adverse environmental impact.

    David Free asked 8 months ago

    As this is a proposal, the specifications of the turf surface are yet to be determined and thus the composition. Any potential impacts associated with this are unable to be determined at this time. 

    These matters will be considerations at the detailed planning stage if the project were to be supported. If there were concerns raised regarding proposed turf surfaces, the detailed planning stage would be the appropriate time to investigate and address these.

  • If a hockey turf is built on the oval, where will the teams that currently play soccer there go? My daughter plays soccer there. But she also plays hickey and I know a turf is needed. Can’t the turf go somewhere else so it doesn’t displace other teams. Also, parking is a problem at the Mt Claremont oval.

    Genevieve asked 8 months ago

    The City’s Administration along with representatives have met with the Clubs who currently tenant Mt Claremont Oval. The soccer teams at the oval (Junior and Senior) may need a new home depending on the final design requirements.

    These issues will be dealt with in more detail if the project progresses to the next stage which will be for the Westside Wolves to research and prepare a detailed business plan, design and funding sources.

    This engagement process is seeking the community’s views on the proposal. These views will contribute to the City’s consideration of the merits, or otherwise, in providing approval of the Westside Wolves Hockey Club proposal to progress to the detailed business planning stage.

    Please also refer to the Council Report which is covered in a newsfeed

  • What will be the steps after the community consultation (i.e. after the presentation of the report to the Council)?

    James R asked 8 months ago

    The community engagement results will be presented to the Council for consideration. This current engagement process is seeking the community’s views on the proposal. These views will contribute to the City’s consideration of the merits, or otherwise, in providing approval of the Westside Wolves Hockey Club proposal to progress to the detailed business planning stage.

    Depending on the outcome of the Council decision on whether to proceed/not proceed to the next step, will depend on the extent of community engagement.

    If the proposal is approved to allow a period of time for the Westside Wolves to prepare a detailed business proposal and designs, including funding sources, the City work with the Westside Wolves to ensure that the community are consulted including the development of a community engagement plan. 

    If the project does not proceed, the community will be informed accordingly.

  • If the pitch goes ahead, where will the children of Mount Claremont Primary hold their sports carnivals and athletics training as well as the other day to day sports they do on the oval?

    Katie1111 asked 8 months ago

    The City believes that the balance of the green space on Mt Claremont Reserve will be sufficient for the Mt Claremont Primary school to hold their activities.

  • Will this pitch be used by Minkey players or will they continue to use College Park?

    Katie1111 asked 8 months ago

    The Minkey players will be able to use this pitch, however this is a question for the Westside Hockey Club and representatives of the Minkey Players.

  • Why is this development being proposed in an area of growing density? The streets of Mt Claremont have been rezoned to allow for double the number of dwellings. Does the City of Nedlands think that there isa need for more public open space not less?

    Katie1111 asked 8 months ago

    Mt Claremont Reserve is a designated sports field and is part of a network of sports fields located across Nedlands and the Perth Metropolitan area.

    The reserve is zoned as public open spaced available for sport and recreation as its primary purpose.

  • Will the proposed hockey turf impinge upon the cricket ground or in any way restrict the use of the oval for community cricket?

    Kirsty asked 8 months ago

    The proposal will only affect the senior cricket which is proposed to be relocated to a new synthetic pitch at College Park. Current indications are that all other cricket can be accommodated on the balance of the green space.

  • The Wolves website states that 1.4 hectares of grassed area will be available - what will be the approximate dimensions of this? A previous council response has confirmed that this will not be sufficient for senior cricket - are there other sports that will not be able to use the oval because the dimensions don't accomodate their pitch size requirements?

    ratepayer12 asked 8 months ago

    The City's Administration along with representatives from the Westside Wolves have met with representatives of all clubs who currently tenant Mt Claremont Oval. There was general support at the meeting for the Westside Wolves proposal with the following caveats:

    • Milo-in-2 cricket remain at the oval
    • Junior cricket relocate to Swanbourne oval
    • Junior and senior soccer may need a new home
    • Gridiron be retained at the oval
    • Senior cricket be relocated to the new synthetic pitch at College Park.

    If the project is supported by the community, the next stage will include in-depth consultation with all Clubs to determine if they can be accommodated at Mt Claremont Oval or may require alternative locations within the City.

    Please also check out the newsfeed on this page relating to the Council Report. It does contain a link to the documents presented at the meeting including meeting notes with the Clubs.

  • Aside from hockey, are any other sports routinely played on Astroturf?

    ratepayer12 asked 8 months ago

    There are several sports that can be played on AstroTurf, for example:

    • Grid Iron
    • Futsal
    • Tennis
    • Lawn bowls
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Lawn Bowls
    • Baseball
    • Lacrosse

    While there are several sports that can be played on artificial turf, they may have different requirements and standards to what is required for artificial turf for hockey.

    To find out more visit the Sport Victoria website:  http://sport.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/201704/Artificial-grass-for-sports-guide_part_2v2.pdf


  • Has any consideration been given to incorporating a home for the western wolves as part of the Mt Claremont North-East Structure Plan (addressed at council last month - PD 53.18)? This would surely be preferable to cannibalising the limited existing open space at Mount Claremont oval and locate the facility closer to other sporting infrastructure around HBF stadium.

    IKinshela asked 8 months ago

    This is a question for Westside Wolves Hockey Club.

    The City has been requested by the Westside Wolves Hockey Club to consider allocating part of the reserve for the purposes of hockey. As a result, the Council agreed to undertake this community engagement process to find out what the community thinks of the proposal.

    The City is obliged to present these types of proposals to the community when they are presented to Council.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • What provision will be made within Nedlands for those sports which currently use the location such as the gridiron and cricket teams?

    Grace6010 asked 8 months ago

    Gridiron is expected to remain at the Reserve as the greenfield will meet their requirements. Junior soccer can also be accommodated with the proposed changes and senior cricket will be relocated, possibly to Swanbourne or College Park.

  • One of your answers is " The playground, although indicated on the plan is not part of this project. If the proposal proceeds the playground will be reviewed". According to the plans - the current playground will need to be removed for the access road. Is this correct? The Playground is heavily used. Where on earth will it all go?

    JuliaD asked 8 months ago

    There are no plans to take away the playground at Mt Claremont Oval, however if the project proceeds to detailed business plan and design stage, it might be identified that the playground may need to be moved to another location on the reserve.

  • 85% of the Wolves' 1,686 members are children, presumably attending local schools, so why don't the City and West Side Wolves work together with Christchurch Grammar School, John 23rd College, Scotch College, Hale and UWA to explore co-development of a new common-user Astro-Turf field on one of their many existing sporting fields within the neighbourhood? Surely that's a more cost efficient and environmentally sustainable use of such sporting facilities.

    BanyanCove asked 8 months ago

    This is a question for Westside Wolves Hockey Club.

    The City has been requested by the Westside Wolves Hockey Club to consider allocating part of the reserve for the purposes of hockey. As a result, the Council agreed to undertake this community engagement process to find out what the community thinks of the proposal.

    The City is obliged to present these types of proposals to the community when they are presented to Council.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

  • City of Nedlands, I am a nedlands rate player, and use the oval multiple times per week, as do my children. How is it that someone living suburbs and kilometres away, who may never have even stepped foot on this little patch of grass, have equal say in this public consultation process? Thank you.

    JenC asked 8 months ago

    The survey asks for streets of where people live.  The results will include a profile of where people live.

    Mt Claremont Reserve is a designated sportsfield and is part of a network of sportsfields located across Nedlands and the Perth Metropolitan area. It is public open space available for sport and recreation as its primary purpose.

  • Good morning. Will the cricket nets remain as these get used daily by local kids teams and other people wanting to practice. If the nets do go, where will the team practice? At present all nets in Claremont and Nedlands are full Monday to Friday after school. Also, what has been done to relocate the Amreican Football team and the UWA soccer teams.

    Gary Bailey asked 8 months ago

    Yes, the cricket nets will remain. The Westside Wolves have met with the other users of the site and this project will only go ahead if there are support from the users of the site, or if they continue to operate at Mt Claremont Reserve, or agree to relocated to another venue.

  • Why are considering putting bitumen and synthetic turf, i.e. PLASTIC which will be fenced off from the general public into an area which is adjacent to a wildlife corridor? Plastic 'turf' is clearly bad for the environment, hot, expensive and needs to be maintained, breaks down and pollutes the environment for centuries if not millennia, and here would be on public land? Why would you consider relocating several other sports, removing the majority of the cricket field, the basketball ring, laying down plastic which is detrimental to the environment, and removing several junior sports clubs that service many more players simply for the benefit of one small group of privileged sports players? Junior sports encourage healthy fitness in large numbers of children that have lifelong benefits, they do not simply service a few players of one sport.

    Lyn asked 8 months ago

    The relocation of any sports and clubs would only occur if there was agreement for this proposal by those clubs. The project would not proceed without their support.

    This proposal is not a Council initiative but a request from a community sports association seeking to use a designated sportsfield for its development and growth. Council is simply asking the broader community it it supports the proposal as submitted by the Westside Wolves Hockey Club.

  • Why would you relocate junior soccer, senior soccer, and senior cricket, which service larger numbers of people, already on this field, in preference for hockey, which, has never used this field? Why would you even consider doing this when, as a previous comments indicate, the proposed exclusive use hockey pitch will not be big enough for major games, and will significantly negatively impact the natural environment adjacent?

    Lyn asked 8 months ago

    The relocation of any sports and clubs would only occur if there was agreement for this proposal by those clubs. The project would not proceed without their support.

  • Reviewing the proposal on the website it appears that the Nedlands Council is for the development even though they are asking for ratepayer feedback, why ? Is there any connection between Westside Wolves and councillors?

    Eddie asked 8 months ago

    No, there is no connection between the Councillors and the Westside Wolves. The Westside Wolves presented this proposal to Council and Council agreed to undertake this community engagement process to find out what the community thinks of the proposal.

    The City is obliged to present these types of proposals to the community when they are presented to Council.

  • 1. The fenced area of the pitch appears to be around 98m by 62m. The fenced dimensions of the synthetic hockey pitches at HBF Stadium and Shenton College are considerably larger (approximately 8m longer in both width and length). The proposed fenced area appears to meet the minimum pitch surface area but not the recommended pitch area published on the WA DSR website, as such the facility is unlikely to be used for major hockey events? https://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/support-and-advice/facility-management/developing-facilities/dimensions-guide/sport-specific-dimensions/hockey 2. The cricket ground depicted will be limited to a 30m square boundary. By comparison the current cricket ground has a 60m square boundary. The ovals at Scotch College show the senior cricket ground with 60m square boundaries and the junior school ovals with 30m square boundaries. The cricket ground is currently suitable for adult cricket but under the proposal will only be suited to junior cricket. Is that correct? 3. The proposal does not show provision for a basketball ring and cricket nets which currently exist. Both of these existing facilities will be covered by the access road. What, if any, area will made available for these facilities which are utilised by the community a frequent basis? 4. Has Westside Wolves considered constructing a pitch adjacent to the two existing pitches at HBF stadium? It would be a sympathetic development to the existing hockey facility and would be able to expand and share car parking facilities.

    lindsayr asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. This feedback will be included in the engagement feedback. Regarding your questions:

    The remaining ground will be suitable for junior cricket however a new home will be required for senior cricket. Council is currently re-constructing a new cricket oval at Allen Park which will be available for the 2019/20 season. There is not intention to removing the basketball ring and cricket nets which currently exist on the oval, however if the project proceeds these two facilities will need to be relocated.

    The Westside Wolves have advised the City that they have investigated alternative sites without an agreement being reached with a shared facility with Scotch College. Costs to refurbish other sites, for example the government land was cost prohibitive.

  • I understand the club looked at Allen Park and were rejected on the grounds that the reserve “is highly utilised for passive recreation and valued by the community” and “ the nature of synthetic hockey pitches is that they are required to be fenced. This will result in the facility being exclusive to the hockey club”. Given Allen Park is within the city of Nedlands, can you please explain what is different about the Mount Claremont oval that these arguments don’t apply.

    Katie1111 asked 8 months ago

    The Westside Wolves Hockey Club provided a much larger submission to the Allen Park Master Plan development which included a grass hockey pitch on the old Bowling Green site along with two synthetic full-sized hockey pitches, clubroom facilities, car park for approximately 280 bays and lighting. The proposal also included the restoration of additional coastal vegetation planting.

    The Club nominated the location on the Swanbourne Reserve and the planning process (including community engagement) resulted in the scale of this proposal not being appropriate for Allen Park.


  • Who will pay for the on going maintainence of the facility? Thanks.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    Westside Wolves has undertaken to be responsible for all ongoing maintenance and replacement of the pitch and associated buildings.

  • Why don't the West Side Wolves simply combine their desire for a new Astro-Turf facility through co-development with one of the many schools/educational institutions that already have extensive numbers of student hockey participants and associated parking, club-rooms and recreational facilities? For example, Christchurch Grammar School, John 23rd College, Scotch College, Hale and UWA have significant sporting fields, one of which could easily be converted to Astro-Turf if the demand exists.

    BanyanCove asked 8 months ago

    The Westside Wolves have presented this current proposal to the City which it is now testing with the community.  The Club has the responsibility finding a suitable home including working with other organisations.

    The City understands that the local schools have been approached by Westside Wolves but no agreement was reached.

    However, the City would be happy to work with other clubs within the City to secure a combined facility, if they chose this option.

  • How much is Nedlands council being paid by Westside Wolves? What is the benefit of this proposal to City of Nedlands

    AndrewL asked 8 months ago

    The City of Nedlands has not received any funds from the Westside Wolves. Should the project progress, all costs associated with the artificial pitch and pavilion would be met by the Westside Wolves (via fundraising, possible government assistance and sponsorship funding).

    Any decision by Council to undertake consultation or subsequently allocate Mt Claremont Oval as suitable for a synthetic hockey pitch does not pre-commit Council to future funding obligations for this project.

    The decision to assist with funding is a separate decision and will be considered on its merits, Council's financial capacity and any other relevant considerations.

    The benefit of this project to the City of Nedlands residents is that an additional synthetic pitch at this location will relieve pressure on the current Shenton Park facility. The Mt Claremont Reserve has a designated sports ground and the City is supportive of local community groups using our limited facilities to support active sport within the community.


  • Before deciding for or against this proposal I need to known exactly what this proposal is. Who will own the Land the Facilities are built on? Who will own the Facilities (Pitch, Club rooms, carpark)? Who will be responsible for the maintenance of the Facilities? Will the public have free access to the facilities and car park? Will the Hockey club lease the Land from the Council? If so, what will the terms of that lease be? Will the Council lease the facilities from the Hockey club? If so what will the terms of that lease be? Will the Hockey club charge other organisations for the use of the facilities? If so, how will those charges be set and will the council receive a portion of any such charges?

    Angst asked 8 months ago

    The City does not intend to reduce access to the Mt Claremont Reserve and the City will continue to own the land. The facilities if constructed will be available for community use. These detailed questions will be addressed if the proposal is supported by the community which will allow the project to move to preparing a detailed business plan, sourcing funding and developing detailed designs.

    Should the project progress, all costs associated with the artificial pitch and pavilion would be met by the Westside Wolves (via fundraising, possible government assistance and sponsorship funding).

    Any decision by Council to undertake consultation or subsequently allocate Mt Claremont Oval as suitable for a synthetic hockey pitch does not pre-commit Council to future funding obligations for this project. The decision to assist with funding is a separate decision and will be considered on its merits, Council's financial capacity and any other relevant considerations.


  • If the West side wolves artificial turf goes ahead will there still be an access from Cleland street down to the parkland ?

    Michael and Carol Elias asked 8 months ago

    There is no intention of reducing any access to the parkland that currently exist.

  • Hello again. The Wolves are currently homed by the City of Claremont. There are two City of Nedlands hockey clubs who do not have a turf pitch either. Why are you not looking at a bigger facility for all 3 clubs? Especially when the case is made so strongly on the desperate need for Hockey facilities? Thanks

    JuliaD asked 8 months ago

    The Westside Wolves have presented this current proposal to the City which it is now testing with the community.  The Clubs have the responsibility of working together if they wish to provide a bigger facility for all three clubs. It is noted that only one of these Clubs use the City’s facilities. However, the City would be happy to work with all three clubs for a combined facility, if they chose this option.

  • Regarding the proposal. How many litres of water would be used each week for the turf? What is the source of the water? If it is the superficial aquifer, how will impact on the Lake be avoided given the water flows through the aquifer in a S/Swly direction? What is the estimated impact on lake water table? What is the estimated local water table impact and predicted impact on adj vegetation? Where will the water drain to, and how much will drain of that applied (%)? Which fauna live or use the remnant vegetation proposed to be cleared? What is the total area to be cleared? What offsets are proposed for the above impacts? What consultation has been undertaken with Whadjuk Elders and those with association with the area? Has the bushland area been surveyed for sites or other heritage values? Why are the areas of bushland the and facilities/equipment to be impacted not clearly demonstrated on the provided consultation images? What are the respective capital and annual running costs for the build/loan, grass, synthetic turf and electricity and water over time? Who is liable for these? Is there a proposed lease term and rate? Are there clauses relating to exclusive and or priority use? Which of the issues would be approved by council prior to building approval?

    steve mckinney asked 8 months ago

    This consultation is asking the community if they would support this proposal from Westside Wolves. The result of the current engagement will provide the City’s decision-making to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

    Your questions are detailed and the issues raised will inform the second stage of developing the detailed proposal if it is supported by the community. However, we can provide the following information.

    As the proposal is at the concept stage, there is no resolved conclusion on the type of synthetic turf that may be used. It is generally understood that large amounts of water are often required to maintain adequate playing and training conditions on older synthetic turf technologies. More recent hybrid and sand filled synthetic turf surfaces generally require less water than natural turf to support a quality playing surface. New technologies are being developed and trailed that consist of a dry unfilled carpet that can perform to elite level standard.  Newer technologies are focusing on producing non-watered, unfilled carpet that can replicate the playing characteristics of watered fields.

    If a water based unfilled surface were to be used, it is likely the water source would be groundwater and there would be negligible impact over current use of the superficial aquifer or the lake water table and the vegetation.

    The section of bushland is subject to a Bushland Management Plan and any changes will be managed in accordance with the plan.

    Consultation has only been undertaken with the sporting clubs – refer to the City’s website for the Council report, attachments and minutes. Further consultation will be undertaken if the community, and the Council support the proposal to proceed to the detailed business plan.

    In regard to the images provided, these were provided by Westside Wolves and are an artist’s impression of the site, they are not to scale and not produced to illustrate a high-level of detail.

    Should the project progress, all costs associated with the artificial pitch and pavilion would be met by the Westside Wolves (via fundraising, possible government assistance and sponsorship funding).

    Any decision by Council to undertake consultation or subsequently allocate Mt Claremont Oval as suitable for a synthetic hockey pitch does not pre-commit Council to future funding obligations for this project. The decision to assist with funding is a separate decision and will be considered on its merits, Council's financial capacity and any other relevant considerations.

  • I understand that previous locations such as Allen Park have had a similar proposal submitted which indicated in the council meeting minutes, on 22 May 2018, that the proposal was not supported during the master planning process. Can I ask for details as to why the plan was not supported?

    MIchelle asked 8 months ago

    The Westside Wolves Hockey Club provided a much larger submission to the Allen Park Master Plan development which included a grass hockey pitch on the old Bowling Green site along with two synthetic full-sized hockey pitches, clubroom facilities, car park for approximately 280 bays and lighting. The proposal also included the restoration of additional coastal vegetation planting.

    The Club nominated the location on the Swanbourne Reserve and the planning process (including community engagement) resulted in the scale of this proposal not being appropriate for Allen Park.

  • The wolves say the facility will be available for other users. Can you say how much of the facility they will lease and what the hours they will lease it for will be? Thank you.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal. 

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

  • Are any other Astro turf fields located so close to residents? Has the council conducted noise assessments from teams playing hockey on Astro turf?

    Chris Toleman asked 8 months ago

    The only other astro or synthetic turf in the City of Nedlands is the facility at Shenton Park which is located near the school. UWA Hockey have facilities which are also not near a residential area.

    The City does not undertake noise assessments from teams playing hockey.

  • 1) what is the TOTAL LOSS in metres squared of green infrastructure to this project? (Remembering the ‘green’ is AstroTurf - non organic). How many litres of water will be required to cool it per annum? 2) how many trees will or might be removed? 3) what other impact will this development have on green infrastructure Eg. Remnant bushland if any. 4) what is the total number of vehicle movements expected per day?

    Annie asked 8 months ago

    These questions will be further explored if the community supports the proposal. This proposal is concept only at this stage. The concept plans have been provided by the Westside Wolves Hockey Club and are an artists impression and are not to scale. 

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan. In addition, the City will require a development application in accordance with the Town Planning Scheme No.2.

  • The FAQ's state that the "reserve has an are of 4.2h with a grassed area of 2.3h. The question and answer below referring to bushland states that approximately 2h of open grassed space will remain.... how can this be when the image shows the development and carpark will consume roughly half of the existing visible grassed area? The proposed development area is wider than the ramaining grassed area running east/west and the carpark and road also consumes grassed area, so how is it possible that approximately 2h of open grassed space will remain? or is this an exageration? Thank you.

    Bob Moors asked 8 months ago

    The City, today has provided a clarification in regard to the area and proportions. Please view this on the newsfeed page.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

  • Has the council spoken to the clubs and sporting groups that currently use the oval? If so what were their responses? Thanks.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    The City and the Westside Wolves have met with the sporting clubs. Please see the City's website: Council Agenda, 23 October, Item 13.1, Page 24 for the report and attachments which includes minutes (Attachment 3) from a meeting held with the sporting clubs.

  • How many parking spaces will be provided if this proposal is allowed to proceed?

    Grace6010 asked 8 months ago

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal. The car parking spaces will also need to meet the requirements of the City's Town Planning Scheme No. 2 as part of the development application process.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • Your letter to residents opens with the statement that the proposal will affect 21% of Mt Claremont Oval. A simple analysis on google maps clearly shows the turf alone will be around 40% of the grassed oval and the badly out of scale drawings of the clubrooms and carpark will no doubt affect even more area. There is obviously no room for a cricket oval (junior or senior) despite the strained attempts on the "artists impressions". How can you run an effective public consultation with such misleading facts being presented. I urge you to fix there misconceptions and resend the consultation materials.

    PaulH asked 8 months ago

    The City, today has provided a clarification in regard to the area and proportions. Please view this on the newsfeed page.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

  • Your response to a question says there will be 2 ha remaining for general use. The whole oval including the natural bush is 2.2 hectares therefore your previous answer is incorrect, the buildings of a synthetic pitch, club room access road right across the oval as well as a car park for 60 cars will not leave 2 hectares of space please amend your information so it is correct

    Sue Lewis asked 8 months ago

    Tthe City, today has provided a clarification in regard to the area and proportions. Please view this on the newsfeed page.

    We apologise for the confusion caused.


  • Has the council completed a traffic assessment for the car park being assessable from Montgomery Ave? It appears to make more sense that the car park entry should be from Albert Road away from the nearby residents and clear of the school/markets traffic.

    Chris Toleman asked 8 months ago

    The City has not completed a traffic assessment for the car park(s) and accesses. This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • According to the City of Nedlands Council Meeting agenda from 23 October 2018, attachment 9.1 item 1 shows existing trees along Alfred road inside the proposed boundary fence. Can you confirm how much existing flora will be lost or will the trees remain? Does this proposal also cut into the bushland behind? Will there be any restriction on the floodlights to protect the nocturnal wildlife both behind and at Mt Claremont Lake? Many thanks.

    UnhappyUser asked 8 months ago

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • Will the remaining grassed area have a running track? Will the remaining area be sufficient for the Mt Claremont primary school to have their athletics carnival, including room for 800m race etc? Thanks.

    Judym asked 8 months ago


  • Can you please tell me what the total area of proposed development is including the access road, the 60 bay carpark, the clubrooms, any access paths, the carpark to the South of the clubrooms .... the total ares propose to be chaged, thanks you.

    Bob Moors asked 8 months ago

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    However, the City, today has provided a clarification in regard to the area and proportions. Please view this on the newsfeed page.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • Is their liquor license able to be transferred across to the proposed new clubrooms? Will there be time restrictions for games and clubrooms opening hours?

    SKM asked 8 months ago

    Western Wolves have not indicated that they will be applying for a liquor licence. Liquor licences are the responsibility of the Department of Racing of Gaming Liquor.

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • How often will the pitch be used? How often is their training, what times and days? How late do night games go?

    EmilyD asked 8 months ago

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • How many car bays are planned to be provided as part of the proposal and how is this calculated per the planning requirements?

    Fitz asked 8 months ago

    The proposal put forward is a concept only. If the project progresses a planning development application will be required in accordance with the Local Planning Scheme No. 2 and the Westside Wolves Hockey Club will be required to meet these requirements. The car bays and the requirements will be part of this process.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

    Progress on this proposal will only occur if there is support for the project to go ahead to the next stage which is the preparation of the detailed business plan and proposal, where this will be addressed along with the development application requirements.

  • Please provide full details of the composition of the proposed synthetic pitch. Thanks David

    David Free asked 8 months ago

    The composition of the synthetic pitch is not available as this current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

    Further work will only occur if there is support for the project to go ahead to the next stage which is the preparation of the detailed business plan and proposal, where this will be addressed.


  • Has the Western Wolves Hockey Club indicated that they will seek a Liquor Licence?

    Sue Lewis asked 8 months ago

    Western Wolves have not indicated that they will be applying for a liquor licence. Liquor licences are the responsibility of the Department of Racing of Gaming Liquor.

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • What colour will the field be? The artist impression indicates green but other hockey turfs I've seen are blue?

    SKM asked 8 months ago

    The colour of the field has not been determined. The artist impression was developed by the Westside Wolves Hockey Club.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

    Further work will only occur if there is support for the project to go ahead to the next stage which is the preparation of the detailed business plan and proposal, where this will be addressed.



  • Has the Western Wolves Hockey Club indicated that they will be applying for a liquor licence.

    Sue Lewis asked 8 months ago

    Western Wolves have not indicated that they will be applying for a liquor licence. Liquor licences are the responsibility of the Department of Racing of Gaming Liquor.

    This level of detail will be covered in the preparation of the detailed business plan and concept which will only progress if there is support from the community for the Westside Wolves proposal.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • What is the proposed surface material and colour of the proposed hockey playing field?

    Bob Moors asked 8 months ago

    This will be progressed at the next stage of the project if there is community support for the project. 

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.


  • Is it proposed to fence off the hockey facility? .... effectively making the facility for the exclusive use of the Hockey club players?

    Bob Moors asked 8 months ago

    For safety reasons, the pitch area will need to be fenced. 

  • How much funding will the council be providing? Will the council sell the land to the wolves or rent it? How much revenue will the facilities generate? If the wolves, for whatever reason now or in the future vacate, what will the council do with a fit for purpose facility? Thank you.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    The City does not have a position in relation to this project. It is a proposal received from the Westside Wolves and feedback from the community is being sought.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

    Further work will only occur if there is support for the project to go ahead to the next stage which is the preparation of the detailed business plan.

  • Has a cost assessment been completed? What are the proposed costs and who is proposing to pay for it?

    Bob Moors asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  The Westside Wolves have not prepared a cost estimate for this project, at this stage.

    This current consultation is to enable the City to understand the level of community support for the project. This will assist with the decision-making process on whether to approve a period for the hockey club to further investigate and develop a detailed proposal and business plan.

  • It is not clear how much of the escarpment will be cut away. Are their drawings which superimpose the proposed buildings on the current landscape to see how much is changed?

    Geoff asked 8 months ago

    The plans provided are an artists impression of the facilities to show the concept which is proposed. Detailed drawings have not been provided. The purpose of this engagement project is to obtain the level of community support for the proposal from the Westside Wolves to contribute to the City's consideration of the merits in providing approval for the Club to progress to the detailed planning stage. This stage is where the Club has to research and prepare a detailed business proposal, including funding.

  • Hello. Could you confirm if Mount Claremont Oval is a designated Sporting Precinct of a Class A Reserve for Recreation. I've seen it described as both. Thank you.

    JuliaD asked 8 months ago

    Mt Claremont Oval is an A Class Reserve for the purposes of recreation. For any development to occur on this land it must be consistent with the zoning of the land. The City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 2 requires that a development application is to be lodged for any development on this site. Mt Claremont Oval is also in the bushfire prone area which requires additional requirements.

  • Can you tell me why the Wolves can’t put AstroTurf at the fields next to their current club house? Thank you.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Westside Wolves club facilities are not within the City of Nedlands. The Westside Wolves have developed this proposal and addressed the options. It is best that you refer your questions of this nature to the Club, http://www.wolves.org.au/about/ or Email sec@wolves.org.au

  • How much of the bush land will be demolished to make room for the road, the car parks and the relocation of the playground? The relocation of the playground to the proposed site will require the removal of trees and bush land as well as excavation. Will the Wolves cover those costs? Exactly how much of the open grassed area will be left for the community to use? Thank you.

    Judym asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The bushland reserve area will remain untouched for this proposal. The playground, although indicated on the plan is not part of this project. If the proposal proceeds the playground will be reviewed and there will be approximately 2ha of open grassed space remaining.