Macmillan Precinct Masterplan

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The Macmillan Precinct is the heart of East Victoria Park and the home of many popular Council services, community clubs and events. As the Town’s population continues to grow and change, we’re committed to ensuring the Precinct continues to meet the evolving needs of our community.

To deliver on this commitment, we need to tackle some big issues including space shortages in the Library, changing demand for facilities and programs at Lesuirelife and rising maintenance costs for ageing buildings which will require significant upgrades in the next 5 to 10 years.

To ensure the Town has a plan for all the assets, facilities and services within the Macmillan Precinct, we’re developing a masterplan to guide the future land uses of the site. The masterplan will be shaped collaboratively with the local community and explore solutions to these challenges as well as exciting opportunities to create a more inclusive, enjoyable and valuable place for the local area and all of Victoria Park. In 2019, RobertDay were appointed to develop and undertake the consultation for the masterplan.

Through community and stakeholder engagement, the masterplan will consider appropriate long term uses for the Precinct with a significant focus on the future recreational, community, commercial, residential and civic needs of our Town.

What is happening now?

At the Ordinary Council Meeting in April, Council resolved that Council:

  1. Endorses the Macmillan Precinct Concept Plan.
  2. Acknowledges the submissions received during the public advertising period.
  3. Approves the Chief Executive Officer to proceed to 'Stage 3 – Masterplan' of the Macmillan Precinct Redevelopment project.
  4. Establishes the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan Working Group for the purpose of guiding the progression of 'Stage 3 – Masterplan' with the objective of delivering the Masterplan Report to Council by December 2022.
  5. Endorses membership of the group to include the following:
    1. Minimum two, maximum three elected members
    2. Minimum four, maximum six community members
  6. Advertises the establishment of the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan Working Group, its community member vacancies and seeks applications from candidates that meet the following criteria:
    1. Resident or ratepayer of the Town of Victoria Park; and
    2. Commitment to the time and effort required in joining the group; and
    3. A strong interest in community and/or recreation facilities; and
    4. Experience in working in a collaborative manner; and
    5. Experience working in a community group or on projects of community benefit; and
    6. State any affiliation with community services, clubs or groups within the precinct.
  7. Requests that the Chief Executive Officer presents a further report back to Council by June 2021 with a recommendation on community member appointments in line with point 6 above.
  8. Requests the Chief Executive Officer to provide a future report to Council to consider a preferred option for the Community Hub and Bowls Club at the conclusion of Stage 3.2.
  9. Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to issue a provisional budget (Purchase Order) of up to $175,000 (ex. GST) to Hatch RobertsDay under the existing contract CTVP/19/61 to enable the Town to deliver Stage 3.1 and 3.2.

Following the recommendation from Council at the April OCM, the Town is now seeking expressions of interest from community members to join the Working Group. If you fit the criteria for membership fill out an expression of interest form here to apply to be in the group by 9 May 2021.

How can I find out more information?

The Macmillan Precinct is the heart of East Victoria Park and the home of many popular Council services, community clubs and events. As the Town’s population continues to grow and change, we’re committed to ensuring the Precinct continues to meet the evolving needs of our community.

To deliver on this commitment, we need to tackle some big issues including space shortages in the Library, changing demand for facilities and programs at Lesuirelife and rising maintenance costs for ageing buildings which will require significant upgrades in the next 5 to 10 years.

To ensure the Town has a plan for all the assets, facilities and services within the Macmillan Precinct, we’re developing a masterplan to guide the future land uses of the site. The masterplan will be shaped collaboratively with the local community and explore solutions to these challenges as well as exciting opportunities to create a more inclusive, enjoyable and valuable place for the local area and all of Victoria Park. In 2019, RobertDay were appointed to develop and undertake the consultation for the masterplan.

Through community and stakeholder engagement, the masterplan will consider appropriate long term uses for the Precinct with a significant focus on the future recreational, community, commercial, residential and civic needs of our Town.

What is happening now?

At the Ordinary Council Meeting in April, Council resolved that Council:

  1. Endorses the Macmillan Precinct Concept Plan.
  2. Acknowledges the submissions received during the public advertising period.
  3. Approves the Chief Executive Officer to proceed to 'Stage 3 – Masterplan' of the Macmillan Precinct Redevelopment project.
  4. Establishes the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan Working Group for the purpose of guiding the progression of 'Stage 3 – Masterplan' with the objective of delivering the Masterplan Report to Council by December 2022.
  5. Endorses membership of the group to include the following:
    1. Minimum two, maximum three elected members
    2. Minimum four, maximum six community members
  6. Advertises the establishment of the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan Working Group, its community member vacancies and seeks applications from candidates that meet the following criteria:
    1. Resident or ratepayer of the Town of Victoria Park; and
    2. Commitment to the time and effort required in joining the group; and
    3. A strong interest in community and/or recreation facilities; and
    4. Experience in working in a collaborative manner; and
    5. Experience working in a community group or on projects of community benefit; and
    6. State any affiliation with community services, clubs or groups within the precinct.
  7. Requests that the Chief Executive Officer presents a further report back to Council by June 2021 with a recommendation on community member appointments in line with point 6 above.
  8. Requests the Chief Executive Officer to provide a future report to Council to consider a preferred option for the Community Hub and Bowls Club at the conclusion of Stage 3.2.
  9. Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to issue a provisional budget (Purchase Order) of up to $175,000 (ex. GST) to Hatch RobertsDay under the existing contract CTVP/19/61 to enable the Town to deliver Stage 3.1 and 3.2.

Following the recommendation from Council at the April OCM, the Town is now seeking expressions of interest from community members to join the Working Group. If you fit the criteria for membership fill out an expression of interest form here to apply to be in the group by 9 May 2021.

How can I find out more information?

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  • Could you please provide the calculations for the areas particularly open space

    NMc asked 12 months ago

    Hi NMc,

    The draft Concept Plan identifies 52% of the Precinct allocated to public open space, a range of 11 - 21% for Community Facilities and 27 - 37% for Other Uses. The ranges are based on the multiple options for the Bowls Club and Community Hub. These numbers will be refined through the masterplanning stage as the options are investigated and design in greater detail.

    All numbers are indicative and reflect high level concept planning, therefore should not be interpreted as definitive or min/max but as reflecting the agreed overall balance of uses identified through the consultation process.

    Please note:

    1. These are ground floor base level SQM rates and do not account for second or additional storeys within building envelopes. For example, the stacked community hub would have a plot ratio of 2x the SQM area if it was to be two storeys or 3x if it was to be three storeys. This will be determined through the detailed masterplanning and full SQM and plot ratio rates will be provided when they are developed in detail.
    2. When looking at the base floor level SQM rates there is a reduction in Community Use SQM area due to several reasons, including:
      • consolidation of uses into a stacked model or more efficient building footprints;
      • removing ground floor car parking; and
      • reducing/removing under-utilising space such as two bowling greens and manicured landscaped areas within those. facilities that were not used by the public. 
      • This does not represent a reduction in services provided in the area. 
    3. All existing services currently on site are either expanded or retained in the Precinct, including examples such as increasing the size of the library, enhancing the leisure offerings at the recreation centre and allowing for an expanded art centre.
    4. The positive trade off for co-locating community facilities into more efficient building footprints is the allowable increase in public open space which has increased from a total of 28% of the Precinct to 52% of the Precinct and provides a greater mix of parks, plazas, pocket parks, tree retention, laneways and open spaces.
    5. The level of private ownership has not changed from the existing site area and is included under the Other Development section. It is approximately 5,600 SQM of the total. The Town will investigate this land tenure arrangement through the detailed masterplanning.


    Use

    Current Area

    %

    Proposed Area

    %

    Community Use

    38,950 SQM

    59%

    7,200 – 13,900 SQM

    11-21%

    Public Open Space

    18,500 SQM

    28%

    34,500 SQM

    52%

    Other Development

    8,900 SQM

    13%

    17,950 – 24,650 SQM

    27-37%


    Total

    66,350 SQM

    100%

    66,350 SQM

    100%


    Further information can be found on page 60 - 68 in the draft Concept Plan.

  • Please explain what you mean by “over the next 5-10 years with both the physical building and functionality of the facility to be obsolete for the Town's future population.” What will be different about the Towns future population that will change the functional requirements of the building? Please explain what “physical” building components will become obsolete in the next 5-10 years? Please explain how the Town can hold two seemingly contradictory views? On the one hand the Town is telling us that this concrete and masonry building is ageing and has a remaining useful life of 5 to 10 years and on the other hand the Town wants Ratepayers to continue to maintain 100 year old weatherboard and brick houses seemingly forever?

    Vince Maxwell asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Vince,

    There is further detail in the Building Condition Assessments located on the Town's website (https://www.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/About-Council/Council-documents). These documents provide detail on the physical building components assessed and their projected useful life. There is also further information on the functionality of the building, including universal accessibility limitations of the building. These documents paired with the Leisure Needs Assessment will hopefully give you an understanding of the Town's growing population, demand for future services in these facilities and the key issues we are seeking to address with the Masterplan process.

    If you would like to discuss these in further detail please contact us on 9311 8111.

    Jack Bidwell

  • In regard to the announcement made on Your Thoughts released today, I would like more clarity on the highlighted comments you have made below please: "To deliver on this commitment, we need to tackle some big issues including space shortages in the Library, changing demand for facilities and programs at Lesuirelife and rising maintenance costs for ageing buildings which will require significant upgrades in the next 5 to 10 years. " What is the changing demand at Leisurelife? What significant upgrades are required at Leisurelife in the next 5 to 10 years?

    Narelle asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Narelle,

    I have provided a similar response to a question asked before on this topic so I have included some of the response below for you. If you would like to discuss this more feel free to contact me directly.

    Both the community centre building and the Leisurelife Centre building are ageing and whilst the facility represents a required ongoing use for the Town and broader community, the Centre has significant functional limitations (specifically limited universal accessibility and security). 

    The assessed building components, on average. have a remaining useful like of less then 40% and are likely to decrease over the next 5-10 years with both the physical building and functionality of the facility to be obsolete for the Town's future population. 

    The Town has paired the building condition assessment with a Leisure Facilities Needs Analysis to determine the future demand for Leisure services in the Town and the Macmillan Precinct. Both of these documents can be found in the document library of this YourThoughts page.

    It's important to note that the work currently being undertaken is not about planning for the facilities in the current environment but how they will service the community into the medium-long term future.

    Kind regards,

    Jack Bidwell

  • Thanks for providing loads of info but too much! All I want is a copy of the latest concept plan. Looked everywhere. Don’t want to watch workshops, slides and webcam sessions. Please direct me to the latest plan. Thank you.

    Maxine Boyd asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Maxine,

    The Concept Plan can be found at the top of the Document Library section on the right-hand side of the page. There is two documents, a summary report for which contains the overview of the Concept Plan and the Full Concept Plan which contains all the detail.

    Kind regards,

    Jack Bidwell

  • What is the cost difference between re- building facilities as single level and the proposed multi story item with underground parking; please include ongoing operational and maintenance costings.

    NMc asked 12 months ago

    Hi NMc,

    Detailed cost estimates of the two Community Hub options will be developed through the masterplanning stage of the project. These estimates will be used to inform a business case that will be presented to Council to determine the preferred option for the Masterplan.

    Further information on the funding approach for the project can be seen on page 69 of the draft Concept Plan.

    Jack Bidwell

  • Hi there! Can you pls clarify how the you came up with the ‘score’ (%) for the vision alignment for each scenario. Was this rated by participants or the project team?

    PK asked about 1 year ago

    Hi PK, 

    in the draft scenario feedback form the community was asked the following question: 

    "In collaboration with our community and local stakeholders, a Macmillan Precinct Community Charter was been developed.  Which scenario best aligns with the Vision and Principles within the Charter? (please refer to the Community Charter in the document library)."

    The community was able to selected one choice between Scenario 1, 2 or 3 for which they believed best aligned with the vision. The responses to this question were how the score (%) was determined.

  • have the town houses on the western side of the proposed precinct been confirmed, or is this currently up for discussion?

    David48 asked about 1 year ago

    Hi David,

    No elements in any of the three scenarios have been confirmed as final. Each element is open for further discussion and feedback during the feedback period.

  • How much has the town budgeted for this project?

    Eugenie asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Eugenie,

    At the Town's Mid-Year Review of the Annual Budget Council approved a budget of $200,000 to deliver Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan.

  • is this going to be another location where you intend to hold loud events?

    asked over 1 year ago

    Good afternoon. Can you please explain further? The site encompasses a large area inclusive of Town facilities, services and private land owners. I am unsure as to what location you are referring to. Thank you

  • Why is the Town trying so hard to convince us that the Leisure centre at 35 years of age is beyond its useful life and should be replaced while at the same time the Town is trying to introduce laws to force people in Vic Park and East Vic Park to keep living in and maintaining their 100 year old houses?

    Vince Maxwell asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Vince,

    Both the community centre building and the Leisurelife Centre building are ageing and whilst the facility represents a required ongoing use for the Town and broader community, the Centre has significant functional limitations (specifically limited universal accessibility and security). 

    The assessed building components, on average. have a remaining useful like of less then 40% and are likely to decrease over the next 5-10 years with both the physical building and functionality of the facility to be obsolete for the Town's future population.

    The Town has paired the building condition assessment with a Leisure Facilities Needs Analysis to determine the future demand for Leisure services in the Town and the Macmillan Precinct. This information will be utilised by the Macmillan Precinct Working Group to shape the future planning of the site through the Macmillan Precinct Masterplan project. This is a community co-design exercise which will be guided by a community and stakeholders.

    It's important to note that the work currently being undertaken is not about planning for the facilities in the current environment but how they will service the community into the medium-long term future.