To ensure the best outcome for the natural environment, the State Football Centre development has been sited to minimise the further clearing of native vegetation.
Much of the native vegetation that would once have covered the Queens Park Open Space was cleared many years ago.
The State Football Centre clearing permit application of 14.1 ha includes an area of, 9.95 ha that is already cleared.
1.86 ha of existing native vegetation will also be retained and protected within natural landscaped areas, outside of the clearing permit area. Vegetation in the north-eastern portion of the development site contains a priority ecological community which
incorporates both a threatened and priority flora species. These species and communities are protected at the State level, with the threatened flora species also at Federal level. This vegetation will be retained and protected as part of the development.
The clearing of the site will follow the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s provisions to protect the native vegetation, including:
- weed and dieback management
- standard wind erosion management
- Fauna Management Plan
- protect the retained Macarthuria keigheryi species with fencing and attempt to collect seeds where possible.
Significant areas of native revegetation and landscaping will be completed as part of the development to integrate the facility with the retained bushland and community facilities within the surrounding Queens Park Open Space area.
This will include revegetation of species consistent with that cleared to allow for habitat replacement, including those suitable for cockatoos, and native bees and other fauna that have been found on the site.
Comprehensive landscaping design which, in addition to providing greater amenity for visitors, will also protect the environmental values of the site and serve a critical stormwater function.
The revegetation will be guided by a revegetation plan that details the native species to be planted. The areas of revegetation will be transferred to conservation estate once the revegetation is established, and the City of Canning will undertake
the long-term management of these areas for conservation purposes.
As part of the proposed clearing, an environmental offset package has been prepared. As part of this package, vegetation adjacent to the State Football Centre– which is currently managed for recreation purposes–is being transferred to conservation estate, and will be managed by the City of Canning in the long-term.
A rehabilitation plan will be prepared in consultation with the City of Canning to guide the ongoing management of this vegetation for conservation purposes, which will include the identification of areas suitable for infill planting and improved weed control.
Proposed rehabilitation and offset area
Minimising the impact on native species
Understanding and addressing the needs of the wildlife on the site has been a major consideration in the planning process and a fauna assessment has been completed.
With our fauna management measures, the immediately surrounding habitat areas, additional revegetation proposed, and vegetation being retained, the project is not considered to pose a significant risk of impact to the aforementioned fauna or any
other species that may utilise the site.
In consultation with the City of Canning, a detailed fauna management plan will guide the progression of works with the aim of minimising impacts to fauna as far as is practicable. It will include:
- A pre-clearing fauna inspection to identify potential fauna interactions, including an inspection of trees for hollows and signs of use.
- A fauna trapping program to capture and translocate small to medium sized (translocatable) native fauna (including turtles), if such fauna is present and translocation is practical.
- Any turtles that are captured will be accommodated temporarily and then returned to the site once the open waterbody has been constructed and is habitable.
- A fauna spotter will be present during clearing to direct and manage works to avoid impacts to fauna wherever possible and translocate small to medium sized (translocatable) native fauna, if such fauna is present and translocation is practical.
Any permanent fencing installed onsite will not extend to the ground and therefore allow passage of small to medium sized fauna through the site and wider area.
The mapped wetlands located on the site will be maintained and protected.
The water feature currently on the site is a drainage basin and part of broader man-made drainage network constructed in relatively recent history.
The development will reconfigure the basin to provide the necessary drainage function and maintain water conditions that support and protect the nearby wetland.
The water management strategy will incorporate measures to improve water quality across the site. The aim is to mimic the natural surface water cycle, providing additional biodiversity connection and benefits, and overall increase the value of the retained
and proposed environmental assets.
The planning of the State Football Centre has provided an opportunity to accommodate conservation opportunities and best practice urban water management principles, working closely with State Government agencies and specialist consultants.
Considerations to address the water management of the site include:
- access to an adequate supply of non-potable water for the irrigation of the associated playing fields
- maximisation of onsite retention and infiltration of surface runoff into the superficial aquifer
- state-of-the-art engineering, irrigation and nutrient management practices to the design of the pitches
- water efficient fittings and fixtures to reduce water use and conserve scheme water in its facilities
- water sensitive design principles and best management practices, to effectively manage water quality and quantity from all storm events.
The development requires the reconfiguration of existing drainage assets across the site, including the opportunity to return the large WaterCorp stormwater basin (adjacent to Gibbs Street, north of Maniana Park) to a more natural hydrological regime.
This will result in seasonal inundation of basins following winter rainfall periods, and infiltration of surface water to the superficial aquifer where possible mimicking the natural cycle. The most southern basin will be a permanent water source
and will be a habitat for local fauna.