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Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy (ARIS)

Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy (ARIS)


The future of sporting reserves is in your hands. Help build our strategy!

Last Updated: 6 November 2019 Follow Engagement

Community Involvement

The Active Reserves Infrastructure Strategy is a 20 year future plan for sporting/active reserves in the City of Melville.

With help from the community we can develop sustainable, fit-for-purpose, multi-use, quality and inclusive community sporting reserves which balance community needs for a healthier Melville. They were able to view a map of City's Active Reserves and see the amenities currently available. We asked the community to share what they value about these Active Reserves and what improvements would they like to see to the amenties.

Engagement Results

Community Engagement

Feedback from the online survey and community discussion forum has been collated and analysed in the Community Engagement Results Report. By considering the needs and interests of residents and ratepayers, who may not participate in active sports, we recognise that they think differently about reserves to sporting clubs and groups. Many see reserves as ‘green’ extensions of their own home area and are very concerned about what goes on there. Others identify needs for community infrastructure for non-sporting activities such as paths, toilets, seating, BBQs, playgrounds or fitness equipment.

Read the Community Engagement Results Report

Clubs Consultation

The Club Consultation Report has been collated and analysed by external consultant Dave Lanfear.

Read the Club Consultation Report

Engagement with Young People

To ensure that input was received from young people, who are the most frequent users of public reserves for organised sport, focus groups were conducted at Leeming Senior High School with students aged between 11 and 15. Their responses have been collated and analysed in the Engagement with Young People Report.

Read the Engagement with Young People Report

About the Engagement

This consultation ensures there are opportunities for the City of Melville community to participate in the development of a new Active Reserves Infrastructure Strategy to be adopted by council in ways that are fair, transparent and can be linked to the adopted strategy and its recommendations.

The strategy will be complementary to other strategies including the Land Asset Management Strategy, Urban Forest Strategy, Public Spaces Strategy and Infrastructure Strategy. It will incorporate sustainable practices, co-location and shared use.


  • July 2019
  • Community and Club Surveys Open
    The Community Survey will be sent to a random sample of residents and ratepayers living within 400m
  • July 2019
  • Community and Club Surveys Close
  • August 2019
  • Survey feedback/analysis shared on Melville Talks
  • August 2019
  • School Survey
  • January/February 2020
  • Draft Strategy for community comment
  • April 2020
  • Final Strategy presented to Council

How We Engaged with You

Who did we engage with?
  • Members of sporting clubs were engaged through a survey.
  • Local residents living within 400m of an Active Reserve were randomly sampled via the ratepayer and customer services databases to complete a survey and register an expression of interest to review and comment on the draft survey.
  • On Melville Talks, the community were able to leave their comments about what they value about active reserves and what improvements they would like to see.
What happened with the information the community shared?

The information shared will inform the draft strategy, which will then be posted to this page for comment by the community, in September 2019.

What happens next?

The draft strategy will be posted on this Melville Talks for all members of the community to review and provide comment.

All feedback will inform the final Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy, which we aim to return to council in November 2019 for adoption.

Any feedback provided by the community will be shared on Melville Talks.


1. Why are you developing an Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy (ARIS)?

Some time ago in 2011, the City developed the Strategic Provision of Active Reserves Study (SPARS) report which has helped guide us in managing the sporting needs of our community in the longer term. The ARIS report updates this previous research and will give us a 20 year future plan to provide sustainable, fit-for-purpose, multi-use, quality and inclusive community sporting reserves that support our community’s aspiration of healthy lifestyles.

2. Why is the ARIS important?

The community told us they want the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle indoor and out, and to ensure the City can meet their future sporting needs there must be a plan.

The ARIS will consider particular challenges including the limited opportunity for new reserve development within the City and potential reductions in water availability, and will provide a high degree of confidence that the community’s sport and recreation needs can be met.

Challenges facing the City which require a strategic approach to the future provision of active reserves include:

  • The continued emergence of participation in women’s sport
  • Emergence of new sporting activities
  • Reduction in the availability of water in a drying climate
  • The Federal and State Government’s requirement that sport and recreation infrastructure should be shared, mulit-use facilities with the co-location of a number of user groups
3. What is an Active Reserve?

An active reserve, also known as a sporting reserve is used for structured team sports. Active reserves also include so-called passive areas such as verges, bush land, sumps and playgrounds and may also be called ‘Parks’. e.g Winthrop Park. Current Active Reserves include, for example, Morris Buzacott Reserve - Kardinya, Beasley Park – Leeming and Gairloch Reserve – Applecross.

4. What is a Passive Reserve?

A passive reserve, also known as a ‘park’ or ‘reserve’ is used for non-structured leisure or recreational activities. Passive reserves may include areas of bushland, neighbourhood parks and other public open spaces where structured sport isn’t played. e.g. Deep Water Point, Piney Lakes, Point Walter Reserve and John Creaney Park.

5. Is this Strategy about all of the reserves in the City of Melville?

No, the City is undertaking a research process to understand future requirements for active reserves from which a strategy will be developed to ensure community needs are met into the future.

    6. Who will be involved in developing the strategy?

    There is a broad range of stakeholders contributing to the strategy development, including:

    • Local Residents living within 400m of an Active Reserve
    • The broader Community
    • Council
    • An external leisure consultancy, Dave Lanfear Consulting
    • An internal project team of 15 officers with varying areas of expertise
    7. How will the community be engaged?

    We will be inviting a random sample of people living within 400 meters of our current active reserves, to complete a survey about how they use active reserves. The invitation will be sent via direct email from the City’s ratepayer and customer service databases. The wider community will also be asked to provide comment on the draft strategy via Melville Talks.

    Sporting Clubs will be surveyed to understand the club perspective. The City also plans to survey two local high schools to understand youth aspirations.

    Additionally, this Melville Talks page will keep you informed, create discussion around the topic and provide opportunity for your feedback. This website also has an interactive active reserve map where the community can learn more about our active reserves.

    8. How does it fit in with other City of Melville plans and policies? E.g. Urban Forest Strategic Plan, People, Places, Participation: A Strategic Community Plan for the City of Melville 2016-2026.

    One of the first critical elements of this project is an extensive literature review to ensure no major contradictions between City, State and National principles that relate to Active Reserves (where applicable). The Active Reserves Infrastructure Strategy, driven by our highest level documents, including People, Places, Participation: A Strategic Community Plan 2016-2026 and the City’s Corporate Business Plan 2016-2020 that aims to help meet the Community’s aspirations which are our key outcome areas and core focus.

    9. Who will benefit from this?

    The major beneficiaries of this strategy will be residents that use active reserves for leisure/recreation activities and/or participate in structured sports as a Sporting Club member.

    10. Will the ARIS consider using other reserves for sport in the future?

    It will be considered, though at this stage it is difficult to know which reserves may be used for sports in future that aren’t currently. As the strategy develops we will understand which reserves may be required in future for sporting use.

    11. Will this strategy lead to rate increases?

    It is difficult to know what financial implications there may be until the strategy is completed and we understand what is needed to upgrade or ‘future proof’ sporting provisions. In-line with the City’s focus on minimising any rate increases wherever possible we will be investigating various funding options to get things done and reduce our reliance on rates. What we discover through this process will better inform asset replacement (Asset Management Plans) and the Long Term Financial Plan.

    12. How will this affect current projects that are underway? E.g. Tompkins Park, Shirley Strickland Reserve and Bert Jeffrey Park.

    The development of the ARIS will not impact current projects as previous Council decisions have been made in relation to these projects.

    13. How will this affect me?

    Through the Strategic Community Plan, the community told us they want the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle, and this strategy will help to ensure our residents can participate in sport and recreation at a local reserve into the future.

    14. When will we know the outcomes of this strategy?

    It is currently proposed to present the draft strategy to council in September 2019, which will then be released for comment to the community. We aim to return to council in ~November 2019 to adopt the strategy.

    15. How many sporting clubs are there in Melville?

    There are currently 72 Sporting Clubs in the City of Melville that use City reserves and facilities.

    16. How do you know that you’re nearing sporting capacity on Melville’s active reserves?

    Though there are a number of contributing factors, average optimal use of a grass sporting fields is less than 25 hours per week. During the most recent winter season 70% of our active reserves had over 25 hours of use per week, some had over 40 hours per week. This means that maintaining the turf can become challenging and unsustainable.

    17. Is this a land grab?

    No, definitely not. In seeking to balance our community’s future needs and expectations with the challenges we face with a growing population we not only need to retain and optimise our current active reserves, but also need to seek alternatives and creative solutions so that everyone who wants to recreate and play sport can continue to.

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