2019 Core Values Awards Case Study | East Fremantle Oval Revitalisation
GHD and the Town of East Fremantle
The East Fremantle Oval precinct is located within the Town of East Fremantle, approximately 20km southwest of the Perth CBD and roughly 2km northeast of the Fremantle City Centre. A Class A Reserve for the purpose of recreation, the precinct includes the East Fremantle Oval (including the East Fremantle Football Club facilities), Locke Park, Sumpton Green Community Centre (including a playgroup and child health centre), the East Fremantle Bowls Club, and the East Fremantle Croquet Club. The precinct also includes some housing and the Town of East Fremantle works depot.
Over the course of the last 20 years, an array of Development Plans, Master Plans, Concept Plans, condition reports, conversations, surveys and option discussion have been developed. The precinct is considered so significant as part of the Town’s history and future that it features in all major strategy and planning documents. Although the topic of redeveloping the precinct has been a point of discussion for over 20 years, previous attempts to develop plans to revitalise the precinct had been unsuccessful, resulting in opposition and distrust amongst the community. Opinions on how the precinct might be best revitalised were fractured and divergent amongst the wide range of interested and affected stakeholders.
East Fremantle Oval Precinct Revitalisation – Shape Our Future represented a new focus on collaboration with the community to develop a vision for revitalisation through a facilitated consensus building process. To achieve the “collaborate” level of engagement, a charrette (refered to as a community design forum, facilitated over an intensive four day period) was convened to facilitate a collaborative, community-led approach to contemporary concept planning for the precinct.
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