Manning Park Trails Network Proposal

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Background

Council approved the Manning Park Master Plan in 2018, a 10-year vision and list of actions for Manning Park (view the plan on the City of Cockburn website here). The plan recognises increasing demand for passive recreation opportunities at Manning Park, evidenced by the growing network of unsanctioned trails throughout the park's upland area.

The plan lists several actions for enhancing passive recreation in the park, including the provision of purpose-designed trails. The purpose-designed trails aim to safely and sustainably address the gap in user needs, while allowing the closure and rehabilitation of certain unsanctioned trails. Separate plans


Background

Council approved the Manning Park Master Plan in 2018, a 10-year vision and list of actions for Manning Park (view the plan on the City of Cockburn website here). The plan recognises increasing demand for passive recreation opportunities at Manning Park, evidenced by the growing network of unsanctioned trails throughout the park's upland area.

The plan lists several actions for enhancing passive recreation in the park, including the provision of purpose-designed trails. The purpose-designed trails aim to safely and sustainably address the gap in user needs, while allowing the closure and rehabilitation of certain unsanctioned trails. Separate plans were to be developed for walking / running and mountain-bike riding.

Draft Mountain-Bike Trail Concept Plan

A draft mountain bike trail concept plan was developed in 2020. The draft was released for community feedback in mid-2020.

The City received feedback from 1,146 people, mostly from Cockburn or Fremantle local government areas. Key feedback themes included:

  • Manning Park is a popular regional destination with important environmental, social, recreational and cultural values.
  • Users visit the park for a variety of reasons, from trail running to picnics by the lake.
  • Manning Park should be a welcoming space where all users can co-exist respectfully with the environment and each other.
  • Over 60% of respondents said they felt the draft was 'good' or 'very good', or were happy with it to some degree, however several challenges were identified including:
    • How to enhance environmental outcomes and protect important areas within the park,
    • How to integrate the needs of other user groups, and
    • How to achieve an appropriate scope and scale of trails.

View a visual summary in the document library here.

Community Working Group

A community working group was formed to help address these key issues, amongst others, and offer potential solutions. While not a decision-making body, the intent of the group was to provide important insight and perspectives on the proposal.

The City received over 50 expressions of interest. Submissions were referred to an independent facilitator for review and selection. Consideration was given to both the selection criteria and the aim to achieve a broad representation of participants. Following assessment, 18 representatives were selected from the following user groups:

  • Local residents
  • Trail running / walking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Orienteering
  • Friends of Manning Ridge
  • Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor
  • Spearwood Progress Association
  • Hamilton Hill Community Group
  • Aboriginal Reference Group / individuals suggested by the Aboriginal Reference Group

Members attended four workshops guided by an independent facilitator. A fifth meeting was held to review and agree upon meeting notes and outcomes. A report was prepared by the facilitator outlining key findings and recommended next steps. View the report in the document library here.

  • Project Update: May 2022

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Council meeting outcomes

    Council met on Thursday 12 May 2022 to discuss a potential network of formalised trails in a section of Manning Park.

    Cockburn Council voted to defer any decision on trails in Manning Park at its 12 May 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting. It will now consider the costs and timing of biodiversity and environmental evaluations, Aboriginal and European heritage assessments, the creation of a detailed management plan for the upland park area and a structured process for trails development using the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ eight-stage planning process for trails development.

    These costs and timings will be presented to the City’s Expenditure Review Committee for consideration by September 2022 at the latest, after which Council will reconsider the matter.

    If a management plan for the park is completed as a result of future Council decision, the City will form a Community Advisory Group to guide and inform the plan and Manning Park’s future management.

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