Together with local
government, the department contributes to the development of sport and
recreation facilities in WA communities.
Of all the partnerships the department has, one of the most important
is the relationship with local government. This is where the services
and programs we help provide are delivered through the provision of
The partnership is a positive example of how two
tiers of government work together to provide mutually-beneficial
outcomes for communities through local sports and recreational groups,
helping them to develop facilities which enable as many people as
possible to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
A well-managed facility is pivotal to providing sport and recreational opportunities for local communities.
In Australia there are currently many exciting new developments in the
provision of sport and recreation facilities such as indoor aquatic play
areas. There is also a demand for traditional sports playing areas and
Facility development case studies provide great examples of developing facilities in WA.
Case studies include:
The State Government, through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) program,
is committed to achieving effective use of these funds through improved
planning, design and management of sport and recreation facilities. Key
principles of facility provision have been developed against which the
allocation of funds will be assessed. The principles are based on the
need for a planned approach to facilities provision, which takes account
of justified needs, existing facilities and the social and financial
impact of investing in new facilities.
The depth of information and
planning required will vary according to the size and type of facility
being proposed. It's recognised that the planning process for the
establishment of a large multipurpose facility will be more complex than
that which is required for the establishment or upgrading of a
The three key elements of sustainability are incorporated in the planning process of sporting infrastructure. These include:
It should be clearly established whether a facility is actually required.
planned approach to facility development is essential. Diverse demands,
rising construction and operating costs, the potential for duplication
of facilities, the ageing of existing facilities, poorly located
facilities and competing interests among providing agencies, supports
the need for a planned approach to facility provision.
and co-operation between agencies responsible for providing community
facilities will minimise duplication of facilities and maximise use of
resources. Joint or multiple use approaches to providing sport and
recreation facilities can work to create hubs within communities.
maximise the benefits of joint or multiple use facilities it will be
necessary to develop an effective management plan or agreement outlining
the rights and responsibilities of the various partners.
of the planning approach, consideration should be given to whether
existing facilities could be extended or upgraded for use on a shared
basis. If this is not possible and a new facility is required, it should
be planned in consultation with other community facility providers, to
ensure minimum duplication and maximum viability.
input into the planning process is essential in providing a facility
which is relevant to local needs. This input should encourage futuristic
and innovative ideas and foster community ownership of the project.
consultation and involvement throughout the planning process is
required. Community consultation can be carried out through submissions,
surveys, public meetings and forums with key groups, design
competitions, artwork and/or representation on the project management
committee. The information gathered through community consultation will
form a vital part of feasibility, management and design considerations.
major facilities, consultation must extend to the broader community as
neighbouring communities may be in the process of planning similar
The management of a facility plays a crucial role in its continued
successful operation. Management planning will impact significantly on
design, administrative and financial considerations and should occur in
the initial concept stages of planning for a facility.
To reflect the unique characteristics and culture of a local
community and provide a focal point for developing a sense of community,
the proposed facility should be designed to meet a broad range of needs
and cater to diverse age sectors and physical capabilities of people
within a locality. Factors such as physical location, the structure of
lease/licence agreements, design, management philosophy, fees and hours
of operation, will all affect the accessibility of the facility to
members of the community.
Careful design will provide functional spaces which, in turn, enable cost efficient management.
A multi-disciplinary team approach to design is encouraged so that
planning, design, management and financial considerations are all taken
into account. Depending on the size and complexity of the project the
team could include the skills of a recreation planner, facility manager,
engineer/project manager, architect, landscape architect and community
representative. Representatives from the Department should be invited to
sit on a project team where possible. Simple projects will require a
team or committee with relevant expertise. The input of an experienced
facility manager and/or of someone with technical expertise is important
to ensure optimum functionality for both users and staff through the
'best fit' of equipment.
Design will also have maintenance implications and careful planning can reduce future costs.
A design brief which reflects the needs and aspirations of potential
users and management is important. The design brief should include the
purpose of the facility, site details, any planning constraints, a
schedule of specific requirements, the standards of finishes, the cost
limit of the project, management considerations, local environmental
impacts, future requirements and commencement and completion dates.
Community input should be utilised in preparing the design brief (refer
to How to Prepare a Project Design Brief).
Australian Standards and Building Code of Australia requirements must be taken into account when designing a project.
Meeting the capital cost is only the starting point of funding for a
facility. The operating costs and the need for design modification to
meet changing needs are often the costs that will determine the long
term viability of a facility.
The project must demonstrate that it will maintain current users as
well as attracting new users to a facility. Facilities must provide for
the total playing needs of participants rather than an organisation’s
administration or social needs.
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