After 10 Years of planning the
upgrade of sporting facilities and recreational parklands at Charles Riley
Memorial Reserve is before the City of Stirling Council for final approval.

Charles Riley is home to a number of sporting clubs and
community groups and has been progressively upgraded since the 1960s to meet
the changing needs of the community.

All user groups have been involved in an extensive
consultation process with the master plan first released for public comment in
2008 after which it was endorsed by Council.

In the last five years the number of kids playing sports
at the north end of the Reserve has more than doubled and more space is needed.

Most of the trees on the Reserve were planted by Council.
47 need to be removed to allow more room to play sport. The proposed plan seeks
to retain as many trees as possible.

Over 150 new native trees will be
planted and the redeveloped includes public toilets, a large children’s
playground, BBQs, picnic shelters, a “dog off the leash” area and expanded viewing
zone at the War Memorial.

 Over $300,000 has
been invested to complete the detailed design and construction is due to
commence later this year.

We ask you to strongly consider the bigger picture and
support this significant upgrade of the Reserve which will benefit the broader
community for decades to come.


Key
Supporters of the Master Plan Development

·        
RSL – North Beach

·        
APEX – North Beach

·        
Hamersley Little Athletics Centre (subject
to final location of Rings)

·        
North Beach Junior Football Club

·        
North Beach Football Club

·        
North Beach Tennis Club 

·        
North Beach Recreation & Bowling
Club

·        
North Beach Soccer Club

·        
North Beach Cricket Club

·        
North Beach Rugby League Football
Club

·        
Our Lady of Grace Primary School

·        
City of Stirling Council – Endorsed 2008

·        
State Government  (WAPC 2010)

 

Upgraded
Reserve Required to Support Grass Roots Sports and Enhance Recreational Activities

·        
Athletics  has over 600 members

·        
Junior Football  has grown rapidly to over 470  players

·        
Senior football has 7 teams and
expects to grow to 8 teams and over 300 players next year

·        
The North Oval must be extended to
host games from 13s to Seniors

·        
The extended oval will reduce wear
and tear and annual maintenance costs

·        
Realigned car park will improve
pedestrian safety and access to the oval from OLG Primary School (55 additional
bays)

·        
The relocated War Memorial will
better accommodate hundreds of attendees  at services

·        
Public Toilets , picnic areas, BBQs,
parklands and playground significantly increases the amenities for the broader community

·        
The Multi-Use Community Facility
replaces the old APEX Hall and Clubrooms  and will be available for all clubs, community
groups and schools

 

10
Years of Planning and Over 3 Years of Detail Design and Consultation at Risk

·        
Charles Riley Reserve is a
designated “Reserve: Parks and Recreation” 

·        
In 2002 a  Working Group of  Charles Riley Reserve stakeholders was formed
to develop a Master Plan

·        
Early 2008 Council approved the
release of the Draft Master Plan for public comment which included:

o   
New parklands and trees

o   
Extended oval

o   
Removal of existing  trees

o   
Changes  to the car park

·        
July 2008 Council endorsed  the Charles Riley Reserve Master Plan as no
significant or justifiable objections were raised during the public
consultation period

·        
Endorsed by the West Australian
Planning Commission in 2010

·        
There has been on-going  consultation  with the user groups  since 2008

·        
A second public consultation process
was undertaken between 29 November 2011 and 23 December 2011

·        
It was at this point a petition was
lodged objecting to the removal of trees

·        
The final proposed Master Plan was
presented to the Infrastructure and Community Development Committee for
endorsement on 31 January 2012

·        
A further petition of 123 signatures
was lodged and the decision was deferred pending the outcome of a Special
Electors Meeting  where the future of the
Master Plan will be put to a public