UPDATED: Will relocating Hamer Park Clubrooms increase traffic on Woodsome Street?

The City undertakes regular reviews of all roads in order to assess locations in line with the Functional Road Hierarchy and a range of safety and amenity factors. These reviews undertaken by the City have informed the traffic outcomes for Woodsome Street and the proposed location for Hamer Park Clubrooms. 

Woodsome Street is a local access road and is capable of providing access for the community to schools and sporting reserves. Woodsome Street typically carries 1,600 vehicles per day on weekdays and just 800 vehicles per day on weekends. These values are well within the practical design capacity for a local access road, which is 3,000 vehicles per day.

As such, Woodsome Street is currently utilised at 50 per cent of its maximum capacity per week day and 25 per cent on weekends. The majority of usage relates to school pick up and drop off times associated with school hours. The main usage times of Hamer Park Clubrooms will be during training nights and weekends for match play by the sporting clubs. The City anticipates an increase of 2 per cent during weekdays and 4 per cent increase on weekends as a result of relocating Hamer Park Clubrooms which is in line with the road classification and maximum desirable volume. 

This increase is based on the peak use times in the winter season with the majority of vehicles being associated with weekend use during Saturday. As such it is anticipated that 120 vehicles on a weekend to be distributed between Woodsome Street and Second Avenue carpark with overflow at Central Avenue carpark if required. Noting not all vehicles will enter and exit at the same time with distribution across the reserve’s carparking locations and at different road access points. Any impact as such would be lower during the summer season and during weekday trainings. Weekday trainings is anticipated at 60 vehicles within the 4.30pm – 7.30pm training timeslots.

This is significantly lower than the vehicle count during school times (e.g. over 500 vehicles between 7am-9am for drop-off and over 300 vehicles for pick-up between 2pm-4pm). Woodsome Street carries a low volume of traffic outside of the school peak hours with sporting club use also being outside the predominate school use times. As such, the City expects minimal impact on the functionality and amenity of Woodsome Street.

A copy of the most recent traffic count survey for Woodsome Street is available in the Document Library. 

Why are the Hamer Park Clubrooms being relocated?

The City has undertaken investigations following previous community consultation, need analysis and technical feasibility to establish the most effective approach to providing sporting club facilities at Hamer Park. Key community concerns were expressed around the proximity of the existing Hamer Park Clubrooms to residents and the resulting noise, light and parking impacts. The existing Hamer Park Clubrooms also provide limited access and sight lines to both playing ovals. As such, it is proposed to relocate Hamer Park Clubrooms to the north-west side of Hamer Park with access to the building from Woodsome Street. This will ensure the sporting amenities are located in an integrated manner, allow for improved access for junior sport participation and take into account the proximity to residents. 

What car parking is available at the reserve?

Collectively, the car parking servicing Hamer Park and Inglewood Oval will increase with an additional car park being constructed adjacent the new Hamer Park Clubrooms. The City is also reviewing changes to the Woodsome Street car parking signage to accommodate sporting club needs. The project does not include any changes to the car parking currently available off Second Avenue and Central Avenue which will be available to accommodate sporting clubs and general reserve users.  

Can more car parking be added for the new Hamer Park Clubrooms?

Car parking options for Hamer Park Clubrooms have been investigated and allow for the addition of a small car park adjacent to the building. This car park also provides for disability parking requirements and service vehicle access. Any further expansion of the car park will impact existing trees and vegetation at the reserve. Sporting clubs and reserve users are encouraged to access the variety of parking providing around the reserve including off Second Avenue and Central Avenue.  

When will the sporting clubs be able to move into the new buildings?

The building works will be staged with Moyle Pavilion anticipated to commence first in early 2020 and Hamer Park Clubrooms anticipated to start in April 2020. 

In line with these time frames, the Perth Baseball Club will have their first full season in the new Moyle Pavilion in 2020/2021 summer season. Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club will have their first full season in the new Hamer Park Clubrooms for the 2021 winter season.  

Which sporting clubs will occupy the clubrooms?

Hamer Park Clubrooms will accommodate the Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club and Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club. The Moyle Pavilion, Inglewood Oval will accommodate the Perth Baseball Club and Mt Lawley Amateur Football Club. 

The Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club and Mt Lawley Amateur Football Club will be switching clubroom facilities. As such, the City will be working with both clubs and the West Australian Football Commission to ensure ground fixturing aligns with this change. 

What will happen to the sporting clubs during construction?

The City will work with the sporting clubs to assist with temporary kiosk, change and storage facilities during the construction period to minimise disruptions to club operations. This is likely to impact the Perth Baseball Club and Mt Lawley Inglewood Junior Football Club. 

The current Hamer Park Clubrooms will remain until construction is completed and hence allow for minimal disruption to the Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club and Mt Lawley Amateur Football Club operations. 

When will the existing Hamer Park Clubrooms be demolished?

The existing Hamer Park Clubrooms will remain in their current location to assist with sporting club operations. Once construction is finalised and the clubs have relocated, the City will proceed to decommission the old building.

What will happen to the area where the current Hamer Park Clubrooms are located?

Once the existing Hamer Park Clubrooms have been decommissioned, the area will be remediated with turf. At this time, there are no further plans for this site.

Are any trees being removed as part of the project?

The City has designed the proposed new buildings and associated car park taking into account the existing reserve features in order to minimise impacts on existing vegetation. Four existing trees will need to be removed to accommodate the new Hamer Park Clubrooms and car park. 

The City will replace these trees by planting five new trees for each tree removed (20 new trees) within the reserve. 

What path network improvements are proposed?

Alterations to the path connection linking Woodsome Street and Second Avenue are required to accommodate the new Hamer Park Clubrooms location.

Future path connections are also proposed at Inglewood Oval and run along the front of the new Moyle Pavilion as well as connecting the Central Avenue carpark to the central footpath. This future path connection is subject to community feedback and budget allocation.
 

Why is the tennis hit-up wall being relocated?

The tennis hit-up wall needs to be relocated to allow for the new Hamer Park Clubrooms. This relocation presents an opportunity to upgrade the hit-up wall to allow for other informal activities such as basketball or netball. The community is encouraged to provide comment, via the online survey, on options for the new tennis hit-up wall. 

Where is the public toilet located?

A public toilet is proposed to be included in the new Moyle Pavilion at Inglewood Oval. The public toilet will be universally accessible and autolocked from 6am to 9pm.