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Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space Usage in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs - The implications of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods for Active Sporting Recreation.

There is a general view amongst Local Government park managers and planners in Perth that the implementation of Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) has lead to a decrease in the number and amount of active open spaces being provided. The aim of the research was to find out if the perception that there are insufficient active reserves being provided in the newer suburbs of Perth on which to accommodate organised sport, is correct.

This study examined 139 different suburbs in Perth to test this view, and found that the supply of active playing fields in the new suburbs of Perth was about half that of  established suburbs. The estimated existing shortfall is active playing fields is equivalent to 23 senior AFL ovals or 72 senior soccer pitches. The study also projected what the shortfall would be by 2031 assuming there would be no policy change. The estimated shortfall by 2031  would be 75 senior AFL ovals or 230 soccer pitches. 

The study also developed the following Guidelines for the provision of active op[en space in new suburbs.

The study was funded by the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and some of the affected Local Governments.

Research team

Associate Professor Garry Middle (lead),  Isaac Middle and Professor Marian Tye all from Curtin University