The projects referenced in this section were completed whilst the lead consultant was employed by separate service providers

Strategic Planning: An effective strategy offers vision and direction, setting out measurable outcomes built on thorough research, benchmarking and intelligence. Through engagement with stakeholders, we develop geographic area based strategies to determine future investment for community needs. This includes an assessment of the social return on investment; recommended delivery mechanisms and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. These take into account any necessary interventions to increase levels of participation and consequential impacts on health and well-being. Examples delivered include:

  • State Sporting Facilities Plan: To establish future facility needs to cater for high level competition and training across WA. (Department of Sport and Recreation).
  • Wellington and Greater Bunbury Strategic Facilities Plan: To provide multiple stakeholders with a clear rationale for shared priorities and future potential investment (South West partner local governments).
  • City of Canning Public Open Space Strategy: To provide recommendations in respect of all POS land owned by the City, potential rationalisation and investment within a 20-year time period (City of Canning).

Master Planning: The development of a comprehensive long-term strategy for land, complex or precinct invariably involves working with the client and managing diverse stakeholders within a team of specialists to guide the development. We have undertaken a variety of master plans for the purpose of establishing key principles and the phased delivery of key elements subject to funding being secured. Projects delivered include:

  • The State Hockey Stadium: To determine the long term future of both Hockey WA and Hockey Australia at the Curtin University site (Department of Sport and Recreation).
  • Regional Open Space, Whiteman: To develop a Statement of Strategic Direction to assist in securing land from state government to address deficits in open space provision in the Northern Metropolitan suburbs (City of Swan).
  • South West Sports Centre Master Plan: To ensure the future staged planning and investment could be secured (City of Bunbury).

Facility and Organisational Reviews: Reviewing future management options for facilities and services involves auditing, research and assessment based reviews of facilities, organisations and leisure service provision. It is undertaken to provide a rationale for a new direction, restructure, rationalisation of current operations and/or service re-alignment to improve operating efficiencies. This process is undertaken collaboratively with the client to ensure the outcomes are effectively integrated with broader organisational planning objectives. The process aims to test traditional ways of working and may involve a revision to staffing, governance structures and decision making processes. Projects delivered include:

  • Leschenault Leisure Centre Review: To identify the potential for reduction of ongoing operational costs and an increase in income generation to ensure the long term viability of the centre (Shire of Harvey).
  • Pemberton Sports Club: A review of governance structure; management and operational costs to assess the financial viability and long term future of the multi-sport and leisure facility (Shire of Manjimup).

Business Cases: A business case under the Local Government Act or State Government Strategic Asset Management Framework (SAMF) provides the foundation for investment decisions and the procurement planning process. From our experience of preparing business cases, a number of critical issues are fundamental to developing a robust justification for investment. We provide objective and independent evidence based assessments with strong supporting data underpinning any assumptions which have to be made. We advocate that stakeholder commitment and where necessary strong communication with the public is maintained. Such an approach provides our clients with clarity on project feasibility, preferred options and implementation strategies. The approach is tailored to the requirements of relatively straightforward proposals to those which are of high value, complex and/or strategic projects. Project examples undertaken include:

  • Murdoch University Sporting Precinct Business Case: Developed in accordance with University guidelines to provide a framework for future funding and investment (Murdoch University).
  • The co-location of East Fremantle Football Club and South Fremantle Football Club at Fremantle Oval Business Case: Part of a long term investment strategy to develop a WAFL Centre of Excellence on site (City of Fremantle).
  • Home of Football Business Case: The project was undertaken in accordance with the SAMF to enable state government to determine potential future investment (Football West).

Governance: The provision of practical advice and support to state sporting associations, local governments, clubs and not-for-profit organisations. We assess governance, operation, management, business effectiveness, capacity and management mechanisms. This is done across either the whole organisation or in a specific context of participation, financial investment, education and membership. Projects delivered include:

  • Business Analysis of Mills Park Clubs to determine the governance structures and viability of all sports clubs using the reserve to inform future planning (City of Gosnells).
  • Regional Aquatic and Recreation Centre Business Plan Review to test and challenge assumptions underpinning the initial business case (City of Cockburn).

Monitoring & Evaluation: Effective evaluation of projects is critical for ongoing investment to be maintained or future investment secured. Measuring performance and proving impact in the context of people’s lifestyles, participation, health and well-being is essential both for service/programme investment and to demonstrate value in the context of wider political and social agendas. We consider and specify through agreement with clients their management information requirements and subsequently deliver and refine processes, their effectiveness and test potential new management vehicles. Projects delivered include:

  • Playing Field monitoring and evaluation process: To record and evaluate the intervention of the organisation in the land use planning process (Sport England).
  • Team member Active England Program developing an on-line self-evaluation process reporting on agreed performance indicators (Sport England).

Needs and Feasibility of sport/community facilities: We undertake a variety of feasibility studies including co-location, complex multi-agency, indoor, outdoor, adventure and water-sports projects. They involve the verification of data and utilisation of our own benchmarking service to interrogate supply and demand. This is further informed by demographic profiling, population modelling (using various data sources and projected growth from housing strategies), facility condition/’lifecycle’ appraisal and in-depth community, club, stakeholder and peak body consultation. Projects delivered include:

  • Percy Doyle Reserve: To determine the need and feasibility of combining a number of existing and separate community facilities within one multi-functional facility on the Reserve (City of Joondalup).
  • Quinns Mindarie: To determine the extent of potentially extending the existing surf lifesaving club for broader multi-functional community activities (City of Wanneroo).

Community Infrastructure Planning: Developing infrastructure to meet the needs of a diverse and changing population is critical to sustain our existing communities and emerging growth areas. The flexibility of design, scale, community worth, fitness for purpose and cost in managing assets are all assessed against their sporting, recreational, educational and cultural value. We provide a robust assessment of normative and perceived need to inform investment decisions. These are aligned to the outcomes of a local governments integrated planning framework to underpin Developer Contribution Plans. Projects delivered include:

  • Community Infrastructure Planning Strategy Framework 2011-2041 (City of Mandurah).
  • Ellenbrook Public Open Space and Community Facilities Strategy (LWP Property Group).
  • Altone and Midland Community Infrastructure Plans (City of Swan).

Industry Benchmarking and Guidelines: Benchmarking is a mechanism of measuring performance and provides essential information to improve. We provide a range of benchmarking services including financial; operational, services and programming. Effective benchmarking can assist in reducing costs and improve efficiency; identify opportunities for improvement and provide new ideas and innovative practices to ensure a facility or service meets the changing needs of customers. It can often be used to manage performance and effectively manage change. Benchmarking underpins the majority of projects we work on. In addition, we use industry benchmarking and best practice to facilitate the development of guidelines to support the industry in planning for current and future social infrastructure. Projects delivered include:

  • Guidelines for Community Facilities in the Western Australia (Parks & Leisure Australia)
  • Guide to the WA Planning System to support leisure professionals (Department of Sport and Recreation).
  • Shared Use Guidelines to provide guidance and support to local governments, community groups and schools in establishing shared use management structures for community facilities (Department of Sport and Recreation).