Where is Cockburn Coast Oval?

    Cockburn Coast Oval will be located in the Shoreline Estate, North Coogee. Currently, McTaggart Road borders the site to the south, Cockburn Road to the east, the Railway line to the west and the current Bennett Avenue in the north. The existing road network is expected to be modified over time, as the estate continues to develop.  

    What does the Cockburn Coast Oval project include?

    At a high level, the Cockburn Coast Oval includes the proposed delivery of a multi-purpose sporting oval that could cater for:

    • Full senior size Australian Rules Football Oval (135m x 110m)
    • Cricket
    • Rectangular pitch sports (Soccer, Rugby etc)
    • Sports standard lighting to enable clubs to use the facility for afternoon and evening trainings or matches (sufficient lighting is a safety requirement)
    • A community and sporting building (stage 2)

    What is the estimated project cost?

    $1.5M has been allocated to Stage 1, which will include the delivery of bore, irrigation, conduits and the sporting field.

    Overall, approximately $4.25M (excluding land acquisition) is expected to be required for the delivery of this project, in accordance with the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018 – 2033 (CSRFP).

    How is the project being funded?

    The project is being funded through a combination of development contributions and general municipal funding. 

    Why is the project being done in two stages?

    Originally the City had proposed in its draft CSRFP that the overall development would be undertaken in 2025/26. However, during the development of the Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study (WSSPS), it was identified that there is a shortage of sporting oval space in the North Coogee / Coogee area. 

    Additionally, there was a high level of support from the community to bring the oval delivery forward to offset some of the shortfall. Subsequently, as per the recommendations of the WSSPS the City has worked with Development WA (formerly Landcorp) to acquire access to the site and develop the oval portion.

    Due to the cost of the overall development, future additions will be undertaken as funding becomes available. 

    Who is the facility for?

    The oval is identified as public open space for all members to access. The clubroom and its amenities will be available for hire by local sporting clubs, however they are yet to be identified. The space will also be utilised by a school once the adjacent primary school is delivered.

    Which sporting clubs will use the oval?

    The reserve has been designed to accommodate both oval and rectangular field sports. The City will undertake a formal expression of interest process while the oval is undergoing construction to identify the key sporting club users of the site. Outside of formal sporting club use, the reserve will be accessible to the wider community and at certain times students from the future adjacent school.

    What parking will be available?

    The concept design identifies parking for 38 including landscaping. 

    Will the Moreton Bay Fig Trees (Ficus) and Chimney Stack be retained?

    Yes, both have historic significance to the site. The fig trees are currently on the local heritage register and are in good condition. It is unusual to have these trees lining one of the main roads in the City. The Chimney is considered to hold exceptional significance and is the sole remaining structure of the Robb Jetty Abbattoir. It is expected once the area is further developed, the Chimney Stack will be a focal feature of the area. Notably, the existing chimney stack is on the adjacent land and is not impacted by the construction of the oval.

    Where will the Heritage Plaza be in relation to Cockburn Coast Oval?

    The Local Structure Plan for the area identifies a Heritage Plaza next to the Cockburn Coast Oval. The land identified as Heritage Plaza is privately owned and therefore its delivery falls under the scope of the developer. 

    The Heritage Plaza is next to, not within, the Cockburn Coast Oval and therefore is not within the scope of consultation for this project. The City will be working with the developer to ensure the Plaza aligns with the design of the Cockburn Coast Oval.

    Where will the proposed school be in relation to Cockburn Coast Oval?

    The Local Structure Plan for the area identifies a school next to the Cockburn Coast Oval. The school is next to, not within, the Cockburn Coast Oval and therefore is not within the scope of this project. 

    Will the proposed school be able to use the reserve?

    Yes. As outlined in the district and local structure plans, the reserve will be managed under a shared use arrangement. A number of reserves across the City of Cockburn (Aubin Grove Reserve, Success Reserve, Beeliar Reserve etc) operate under shared use agreements with the Department of Education. This agreement outlines both parties are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the reserve as well as access times between the school and wider community.

    When will the surrounding road network be constructed?

    In the short-term, McTaggart Cove and Bennett Ave will remain. Other surrounding roads will be constructed by Development WA at a later stage of the subdivision. These roads are subject to underground service relocation's and the formal closure processes.