East Freo Oval Precinct Plan – Survey Results and Project Update

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 2:22:00 PM

The future vision for the East Fremantle Oval Precinct is edging closer as the Town has had a strong and positive response to its most recent community surveys, which have yielded results showing how much the community care about this project and their passion for wanting improved access and facilities.

This survey builds upon the previous community consultation undertaken by GHD Advisory however, a second round of consultation was undertaken as the results now collated will assist with informing a preferred masterplan design for the whole precinct, with an associated business plan informing operational structure and funding strategy for the project.

Taking advantage of the fact that many residents are on holidays or working from home over Easter, the Town conducted two online surveys, with questions tailored to the interests of different community sectors.

The first survey, available for all ages, garnered 85 responses, confirming the strong interest in the future of the Precinct, and support for:

  • The Precinct remaining an A-Class Reserve
  • Retaining the heritage of the area
  • Providing both active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities

Strong support was expressed for planned upgrades to existing facilities, and making space available for passive recreation of the Oval and surrounds for walking (including with dogs) and general exercise, as well as more structured and existing club-based sporting and recreation activities.

Interest was also expressed in adding new offerings including a Men’s Shed/activity space, a gym/health/fitness facility, shared-use courts for basketball, netball and a nature play space.

Most survey respondents supported the development of the venue to include a café/restaurant space and to broaden the appeal of the area as a destination beyond merely a place to come and play sport.  Parking, lighting and security were also flagged in the survey as being important.

Mayor Jim O’Neill thanked everyone who took the time to complete the survey, and invited the whole community to stay engaged as the most exciting phase of the project is about to begin.

“Now that we have confirmed exactly what our community want from this Precinct, we can proceed with the development of the Plan, confident that we have captured the needs and wants of those who use the space, and those who will benefit from the improvements we are designing,” Mayor O’Neill said.

The full results of this survey are available here 

A second one aimed at understanding the needs of the Town’s young people was also conducted, and the results of that survey are available here

To keep up to date, view the East Fremantle Oval Project webpage here and download the latest East Fremantle Oval Precinct Fact Sheet here

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