What is the Queens Park Open Space masterplan?

    The City of Canning  is working with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to prepare a masterplan that will guide the future of the Queens Park Open Space.

    The masterplan will guide improvements to community facilities, access to playing fields and an enhanced parkland whilst improving the natural environment; at the same time as bringing State and national level football (soccer) facilities to Queens Park with the State Football Centre.

    Through this process, we are inviting the community to share ideas and suggestions that will improve the Queens Park Open Space area, including Maniana Park. We want to understand how you – the community - use the site and what opportunities you think we should implement on the site to provide the best open space possible.

    How will this project benefit Queens Park?

    The Queens Park Open Space includes the area bounded by Whitlock Road, Gibbs Street, Wharf Street and Welshpool Road and currently has:

    • Existing playing fields;
    • Maniana Park;
    • Bushland;
    • Public open space; and
    • The proposed site for the new State Football Centre (not part of this consultation).

    The masterplan will guide the future development of Queens Park Open Space and provide an opportunity for significant improvement to the area around Maniana Park. 

    The masterplan aims to deliver a substantial increase in tree planting, improved water management and opportunities to enhance the environment and protect the reserve - now and for future generations.

    Developed in conjunction with the State Football Centre, and additional playing fields, the Queens Park Open Space can be enhanced to provide meeting, playing and recreation space for the community, with the potential to provide better walking and cycling infrastructure through the area to improve local connections.


    A map of the area is available online atyoursaycanning.com.au/queens-park-open-space


    How can I get involved?

    Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback and expressed ideas for the masterplan. Two concepts have been developed from the information provided by you - the community:

    • Concept 1 reflects the aspiration to maintain the 'natural environment’ and is focused on regeneration of the bushland and planting more trees for shade. 
    • Concept 2 is focussed on designating play spaces and providing more formalised active areas, targeted to the eastern side of the open space area.  

    In the survey you can tell us which elements in each concepts you support or are not sure about. This will enable us to refine the elements and develop a preferred masterplan for the area. 

    You can access the survey online at Your Say Canning. If you are unable to access the website, your local library has copies of all materials regarding this project. You can pick up surveys and drop them back at the Library or return them to the City of Canning offices.

    You can also join us for one of our public Information Site Walks, which will be held on Saturday 19 September at 10am or 1:30pm, meeting at the Maniana Community Pre-School car park on Whitlock Road. 

    You can let us know you intend to walk with us by filling in the registration form or by calling the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on (08) 9492 9700 or by email to QPOSMasterplan@dlgsc.wa.gov.au. 

    What is included in each of the proposed concepts?

    Concept 1 comprises the following key elements:

    • Regenerating natural bushland and managing access.  
    • Formalising paths to help protect the bushland while still recognising the popularity of walking through the area.  
    • Seating and/or shelter provided at some locations with signage that includes information about the history of the site and local bird and other wildlife as well as endemic plants.
    • Shaded areas for meeting and gathering spaces.
    • Landscaping and formalising of the water areas to create a drainage area designed to enhance wildlife and wetland characteristics of these locations.
    • A community building with toilets and changerooms.


    Concept 2 comprises the following key elements:

    • Constructing playgrounds for all ages with a mix of exercise equipment, nature play and formal playgrounds, which might also include a half-court basketball court or similar.
    • Providing a dog exercise area allowing off lead exercise in a focussed area.
    • Building a bike pump track in the area to the west of the playing fields to allow children and teenagers opportunities to ride ‘off-road’ without damaging the bush.  
    • Landscaping and formalising of the water areas to create a drainage area designed to enhance wildlife and wetland characteristics of these locations.

    How is the City involved?

    The City of Canning is partnering with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to develop the masterplan by:

    • Connecting with the community to get input into the consultation;
    • Considering plans for the State Football Centre later in the year; and
    • Sharing information about how the community use the area.

    If you want further information on what is proposed in this project visit the City of Canning website – Your Say Canning: yoursaycanning.com.au/queens-park-open-space

The State Football Centre

    What is the State Football Centre?

    On 14 June 2020, the State Government announced its commitment of $16.25 million to the development of the State Football Centre at Queens Park Open Space matching the Commonwealth Governments $16.25 million commitment to the development of the Centre.

    The State Football Centre will house Football West’s administration and include training facilities and playing fields to support high performance through to grassroots community football programs. A portion of the facility will be available for public use throughout the year and provide additional recreation space for the community. A League and international football matches will continue to be held at HBF Park or Perth (Optus) Stadium.

    The State Football Centre is not part of the Queens Park Open Space consultation.

    How will the development of the State Football Centre be managed?

    The State Government and Football West are working together to develop a plan for the State Football Centre which will cover all the challenges of the site including environmental, drainage, flora and fauna, traffic, parking and event management. 

    The next step in the evolution of the State Football Centre will be a heritage assessment, and a clearing permit and development application as required by the relevant legislation, which will be advertised inviting public comment.

    So, whilst the State Football Centre is not part of the Queens Park Open Space masterplan consultation, you will still have an opportunity to provide specific feedback on the State Football Centre through this process. 

    Who to contact about the State Football Centre

    You can get further information by calling the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on (08) 9492 9700 or by email to QPOSMasterplan@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.