Why is this redevelopment proposed?
The current facilities are outdated and need replacing. Most of the facilities and infrastructure are ageing and no longer fit for purpose. In particular, RecWest has reached the end of its useful life. The outdoor courts and pitch surfaces are also in poor condition and are non-compliant.
The growing population and changes in the demographic of the local community means that people are wanting to use the sites for different purposes and maximise the benefits of open space and community facilities. Council wants to invest in more modern and sustainable spaces to ensure community needs are met now and into the future.
What consultation has been undertaken with the community so far?
Council has received valuable information through extensive previous consultation undertaken with the community to understand what is needed. It is hoped the latest designs reflect the input provided. This final stage of consultation is necessary to make any final adjustments that may be required.
Initial consultation included:
- a letterbox drop to over 7,000 local residents
- 500 responses to two online community surveys through YourCityYourVoice
- four community drop-in sessions with 200 people attending and over 150 written submissions received
- regular meetings of the stakeholder reference group who represents community members and various user groups of the facilities and open spaces
- the RecWest feasibility study to develop the project brief
- face to face engagement with local sporting groups and current facility users.
The most recent round of consultation included:
- a letter box drop to 1,800 local residents
- 4760 webpage visits
- 648 pins on the masterplans through YourCityYourVoice
- online video presentations to stakeholders
- printed surveys sent out to 50 residents.
What are the opportunities to provide input?
The community are invited to review the draft West Footscray Community Facilities Plan and submit final feedback.
Are these plans final?
No, the concept plans have been created based on the previous rounds of consultation feedback received from the community. We are now asking the community to provide final feedback for Councils consideration. Changes may still be made to the master plans as a result of these submissions.
What is the timeframe for this project?
This will be dependent on available funding and is likely to be a staged process.
What happens to my feedback?
The feedback received during the submission period will be presented to Council for consideration. The final plans and any recommended adjustments will be presented to Council during September for adoption.
If this project goes ahead, is there a proposed increase in car parking spaces?
It is proposed that additional on street parking be provided on Blandford Street, Graham Street and off Market Street as well as the northern side of Essex Street for those attending Shorten Reserve.
For RecWest and Barrett Reserve, a new car park is proposed to be constructed with access off Essex Street, and on street parking available on Graham Street.
Those visiting Johnson Reserve will be able to park on View and Suffolk Streets, with lined parking and passing bays added to encourage traffic flow.
Why are you recommending the closure of Market Street?
Closing Market Street will allow consolidation of park land and greater connection between Shorten and Barrett Reserve, and will create an increase in open space and community connectedness.
How will the potential closure of Market Street affect the surrounding roads?
An independent consultant has reviewed the car parking and traffic management at both locations. The traffic (and parking) anticipated to be re-routed from Market St is not expected to have any negative impact on the operation of the surrounding road network. The intersection of Blandford Street and Essex Street is expected to continue to operate under satisfactory conditions.
What will happen to the current user groups at RecWest?
The current user groups will be catered for in the new facility.
What type of community spaces have the community indicated they want included in RecWest?
Community spaces that can be used for a range of options are needed, such as meeting rooms, function spaces, group fitness, events, and co-working to name a few. The designs will provide for multi-purpose rooms that can be adapted to be provide a number of different uses.
Is Shorten Reserve pavilion being redeveloped?
Shorten Reserve pavilion will be upgraded as part of the plan to ensure that it is for purpose and female friendly.
What types of activities or uses are possible in the proposed open space areas?
Any activity that increases the health and wellbeing of our community will be encouraged in the open space areas.