Sir Ross McLarty Sports Precinct Master Plan

  • Project typeMasterplan Review and Facility Development
  • Project value$42,825
  • Completion Date31 July 2021

Review of the Sir Ross McLarty Sports Precinct Master Plan adopted in 2008, including consideration of the existing facilities as well as resident club operations and anticipated growth.

At present, the Precinct comprises a mix of ageing infrastructure that is no longer fit-for-purpose or unused and new modern facilities.

Additionally, four buildings are over 40 years old and therefore do not meet current disability access requirements or contemporary design principles of gender-neutral amenities.

The aim is to consolidate and rationalise old infrastructure and using the principles of co-location, shared use and multi-purpose accessible design, develop a report and updated masterplan that is functional, achievable and sustainable for the clubs and the Shire, in order to maximise previous and future capital investment at the Precinct to 2030.

Sir Ross McLarty Sporting Precinct

Project objectives

  1. Confirm the condition, use, life expectancy and functionality of existing infrastructure:
    • Old Horse and Pony Clubrooms and grounds
    • George Beacham Pavilion
    • McLarty Sports Pavilion (senior AFL clubrooms)
    • Lovegrove Hall (old Pinjarra Tennis club)
    • Sports lighting on the main AFL oval, cricket turf oval and tennis courts
  2. Identify the existing and future needs of the clubs located at the Precinct and any potential new sporting, recreational or cultural activities or uses that may emerge
  3. Identify opportunities for the rationalisation and consolidation of existing infrastructure and develop recommendations for disposal, upgrades and new builds, including high level costs and indicative timing to inform the Shire’s Community Infrastructure Plan and Long Term Financial Plan
  4. Identify opportunities for clubs to share facilities and develop management options that will maximise facility use and club sustainability
  5. Create a vibrant, accessible and contemporary community, sporting and recreational hub that services Shire residents and visitors

Precinct background

The Sir Ross McLarty Sports Precinct is the Shire’s only district sports facility for non-equestrian activities and is home to the following clubs under varying lease and hire arrangements:

  • Pinjarra Football and Netball Club (PFNC)
  • Pinjarra Junior Football Club (PJFC)
  • Pinjarra Cricket Club (PCC)
  • Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club (PBRC)
  • Murray District Sea Scouts (MDSS)
  • Peel Community Care (PCC)

In 2008, a masterplan focussng on the Precinct’s facility requirements for the following 10 years was developed based on the Shire’s projected rapid population growth. 

Since then, all equestrian activities have been relocated to the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre and the Pinjarra Tennis Club has folded. The population growth has also slowed and while some elements of the Masterplan have been implemented, others are yet to be delivered. As a result, the Precinct is a mix of ageing infrastructure that is no longer fit-for-purpose or unused and new facilities such as the Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club, completed in 2015.

Additionally, four buildings are over 40 years old and therefore do not meet current disability access requirements or contemporary design principles of gender-neutral amenities.

A third senior oval was constructed in 2015, in partnership with the Department of Education, and is under a shared use agreement with Pinjarra Primary School.

Timeline

Master Plan Review | One-on-one Meetings

 February 2021

  • Internal stakeholders: Strategic Planning/Infrastructure officers
  • External stakeholders: Clubs and Precinct users

Presentation of Draft Concepts

April - May 2021

  • Presented to: Internal stakeholders, clubs and users, residents (directly impacted) and Council
  • Confirm concepts align with the project’s objectives

Council Endorsement

 Anticipated June 2021

  • Council endorsement sought for public advertising of draft master plan and report

Community Consultation

July 2021

  • Feedback sought on draft report and master plan 

Provide feedback

Council Endorsement

August 2021

  • Master plan and report endorsed by Council

Location

9 Roe Avenue, Pinjarra 6208  View Map

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