Draft Sport and Recreation Plan 2021-2031

In December 2020, the Shire began working with Dave Lanfear Consulting who was commissioned to undertake a review of the existing facilities and to benchmark those facilities against national standards.  The draft Plan has been developed following extensive research across the 4 towns in the Shire of Dandaragan - Badgingarra, Cervantes, Dandaragan, and Jurien Bay. 

The draft Plan is now available for public viewing and we invite your comments and thoughts on the documents - does the draft plan reflect the direction you would like us to take on sporting and recreational facilities?  Does the minimum level of service seem reasonable?  Is there anything missing?

The direction for the Draft Sport and Recreation Plan is provided through the Shire's Envision 2029 Strategic Community Plan which has identified the following priorities related to facilities and the built environment:

  • Our communities contain vibrant, activated public open space and buildings with high levels of organisation and functionality;
  • Our investments in public assets are based on responsible and sustainable asset custodianship;
  • Our built environment responds to the accessibility and connectivity needs of all residents providing equitable access and opportunity for participation.

The plan identifies current trends, future growth prospects and consider opportunities for improved sustainable sport and recreation facilities across the Shire whilst articulating a clear vision and measurable goals to assist the Shire and sport and recreation organisations to focus on the development of viable facilities and levels of service. 

For future site master planning, there are 9 specific guiding principles which are adopted.  These include:

  1. Efficient and effective use of land
  2. Efficient and effective service delivery
  3. Facilities comply with contemporary Australian standards
  4. Facilities and services are available to all
  5. Ensuring future investment is sustainable and assets can be managed appropriately
  6. Encouraging positive partnerships and alliances between community groups, the Shire and external funding agencies / service providers
  7. Supporting our volunteers
  8. Investing in opportunities for youth
  9. Enhancing opportunities for older adults.

Executive Summary

The Shire of Dandaragan Sport and Recreation Plan has been drafted to guide the Shire’s future resource, investment and advocacy commitments to provide appropriate facilities and services to its community. It is principally focused on the needs of Shire residents centered around the four towns of Badgingarra, Dandaragan, Cervantes and Jurien Bay.

The purpose of this draft document is to set out the research and rationale for a series of recommendations against which the Shire will plan for the next ten years and beyond. The key considerations in developing the plan have been:

  • The future financial viability of current sport and recreation infrastructure and the ability to address any identified financial risks.
  • Limited available financial resources of the Shire to invest in sport and recreation infrastructure and the requirement to prioritise how this investment should be expended.
  • To plan effectively to supplement Shire resources by attracting grant and other external funding for those projects identified as being important to the community.
  • The changing participatory landscape which is seeing the sport and recreation precincts used extensively at one time for different sporting activities.
  • To ensure facilities, where practicable, meet contemporary design standards and that any planned changes are undertaken in a realistic phased timeline which take into account the ability to attract external financial resources.
  • The management of an ageing asset base and to ensure each Town community has the capability and volunteer resources / skills to sustain current services without significant additional financial input and assistance from the Shire.
  • The potential rationalisation of sport and recreation infrastructure as it reaches the end of its useful life to ensure the sport and recreation precincts in each Town remain viable and meet the needs of a socially connected community.
  • Responding to a gradually ageing community and increasing the accessibility to all community sport and recreation infrastructure.
  • Recognising there is still a large young family cohort and youth which are to be provided for and by building on recent investment in the skating infrastructure at Jurien Bay and planned investment for families / children / youth in other Town sites.
  • Facilitating the growth in non-structured and social sport and recreation opportunities as a growing area which needs to be accommodated.
  • The use of improved information technology in both improving accessibility to sport and recreation infrastructure but also to gain data on usage against key strategic community plan outcomes. 

The most significant consideration is the ability for shire residents to access infrastructure that is flexible and adaptable for a wide range of uses as diverse sport and recreation opportunities, rather than purely a level of provision based on population trigger points.

Key outputs from the community consultation process undertaken in developing the sport and recreation plan identified the following additional overarching considerations:

  • The quantity of sport and recreation facilities in the Shire is considered generally to be adequate.
  • Many of the facilities however are ageing and not fit for current purposes.
  • Although the Shire’s population is ageing the provision of facilities and programs in sport and recreation for younger age groups is growing.
  • More diverse sport and recreation offerings are required, which could be facilitated in part by multi-use facilities.

Having regard to the above, the Shire in assessing any new development has determined it will prioritise multi-use facilities and will work towards developing a Master Plan for each of the four Town site Sporting Precincts. These Master Plans will guide and inform future development and investment decisions. A clear policy direction is to ensure Shire facilities are open and equitable.

Based on The Master Planning process and community need the Shire will work towards developing in each of the Town sport and recreation precincts one centralised community hub for sporting activity, social gatherings, meetings, events and festivals / community activities. This ideally should be within one centralised building which provides a community centre, sporting pavilion, social / function space and public toilets / shared meeting and socialising areas. The facilities should have the capability to provide for both sport and general recreational use to provide for the resident community of all ages.

A Minimum Level of Service provided by the Shire to the four population centres is suggested, which include:

  • Indoor space with meeting rooms, kitchen, and function capability.
  • Indoor full-size basketball with multiple court markings (Jurien Bay only).
  • Outdoor multi-functional court space x2 for the provision of tennis, netball and basketball (floodlit to evening training use).
  • One senior oval space which can accommodate the seasonal sports of Australian Rules Football as a minimum but with the capability to accommodate rectangular sports (2
    rectangular senior pitches).
  • 2 x gender diverse changing rooms with toilets and showers. This is suggested at all Town sport and recreation precincts, with the exception of Badgingarra.
  • 1 x umpire rooms. This is suggested at all Town sport and recreation precincts, with the exception of Badgingarra.
  • Internal storage.
  • External covered viewing areas.
  • Play area / skate facilities for the youth / young children, drinking fountain and seating.

In addition to the above, it is suggested the following facilities are to be subject to community or external grant funding with an appropriate business case (i.e. not part of the minimum level of service provided by the Shire):

  • External storage
  • Training floodlights (one installation of training level lights for weekday evening use).  Competition lighting is not required.
  • 1 x synthetic bowls green.

The plan identifies a series of guiding principles against which projects identified under the master planning processes should be considered and prioritised. These include:

  • All projects are to be in accordance with the goals and objectives within the Sport and Recreation Plan
  • Being subject to a well-developed business case
  • Projects are to comply with current and emerging Shire policy
  • The project and outcomes should be underpinned by a strong governance structure
  • Proponents demonstrating good financial management and decision making processes
  • The project fulfills a demonstrated need
  • Promoting shared use and co-location of clubs and infrastructure
  • The facilitation of community cohesiveness (i.e. supporting social connectivity).

In responding to the full extent of research underpinning this plan including the current strategic direction of the Shire, regional influences, changing demographics, trends and benchmarking, visual auditing of existing facilities, input from user groups and an analysis of future needs, a series of recommendations were made. These are identified from page 66 onwards of the Plan and incorporate:

  • 15 recommendations related to development principles, policies and standards of provision.
  • 10 recommendations related to the Town site of Cervantes.
  • 4 recommendations related to the Dandaragan Town site.
  • 1 comprehensive recommendation related to the Badgingarra Community Centre and adjacent sporting facilities.
  • 6 recommendations related to the Jurien Bay Town site.

The recommendations have broad time considerations for delivery against each which includes:

  • Immediate (I): 1 year in planning and implementation (year one of the Sport and Recreation Plan 2021 to 2031).
  • Short Term (S): 1-4 years in planning and implementation (year one to four of the Sport and Recreation Plan 2021 to 2025).
  • Medium Term (M): 4-10 years in planning and implementation (year four and onwards of the Sport and Recreation Plan 2021 to 2031).
  • Long Term (L): 10 years plus in planning and implementation (post 2031).

The Draft Sport and Recreation Plan is available for public comment until 8am Monday 1 November 2021.  Comments may be made here on the website; emailed to council@dandaragan.wa.gov.au or via post to the CEO at Shire of Dandaragan, PO Box 676, Jurien Bay WA 6516.  Hard copies will be available at all libraries around the Shire and at the Shire Administration Centre in Jurien Bay.  Boxes will also be available at these locations to leave comments.

The below timeline indicates each phase of the Sport and Recreation Plan project and we encourage you to have your say.

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Hello, I am known as Just "a grumpy old man" by some of the shire councillors, after 11 years of getting no where with a new site for the Cervantes Men's Shed, I feel we have the right to get grumpy. I was a member of the Cervantes Bowling Club and played bowls on the bowling green for 20 years. I certainly would not have appreciated having a Men's Shed, with angle grinders, hammers, and other machinery making a noise while playing bowls, not to mention reflections coming off the shed, plus wind deflection. I feel the bowling green site is not appropriate for either party involved. I feel the shire and the consultants do not fully understand the workings of the Men's Shed (why would we need access with a low loader is beyond me) The block in the Industrial area with the OPTUS tower on would be our number 1 choice. Failing that an area west of the bowling green, which we are told would take at least 2 years to get EPA approval. About 3 months ago we (The Men's Shed) heard that the shire were going to sell the block in the Industrial area with the OPTUS tower on, which they no longer use. That block would be ideal for the Men's Shed, as power and water are available. So we applied to the shire to see if we could move there. If we were granted that block the Men's Shed, after making hundreds of cray pots, rope mats and baskets, we would be in a position to be able to raise $140,000.00 on a dollar for dollar grant basis. We would build a nice shed on the block, which if the Men's Shed ever folded, the shire would have a block with a nice shed on it to sell. To build a Men's Shed on the old bowling green site would be just another shire stuff up. Have a look at our C.C.R.C building. P.S. I am still a grumpy old man.

Posted: 25/10/2021 2:27:05 PM


The idea of relocating the Cervantes Community Men's Shed to "B" green at the Bowling Club is completely unacceptable.Two other preferred sites (1.the shire owned block in the industrial area & 2. an area west of the bowling green) have already been suggested, with the Shire owned block in the industrial area being the better of the two.

Posted: 25/10/2021 12:19:55 PM

Toilet Facilities

As an aged grandparent with a grandchild, I would like to have a toilet facility available to either of us while attending the Tiger Shark Playground and Skate park.. We have used the CCRC toilets when the building has been in use while we have been there, but after hours, it is a problem

Posted: 19/10/2021 8:18:43 AM

Industrial Property for the Use of the Men's Shed

As the Shire is short of a suitable lot for the Men's Shed relocation - I suggest that the block that is proposed to be auctioned off, be vested to the Men's Shed use. Close enough to town, regular users that will ensure security in the area, with no noise problems with other sporting/Recreation users. A shame to loss the shire owned block when it would suit the Men's Shed purpose.

Posted: 19/10/2021 8:19:13 AM

Shire industrial lot for men's shed

This is a reply to Industrial Property for the Use of the Men's Shed

As a long time resident and businessman in Cervantes I would like to add my support to the Cervantes men's shed proposal to use the Shire industrial lot in the LIA as their headquarters. I have heard some staff and counsellors commenting on how valuable the lot is, I would imagine it would be much more valuable with a big shed constructed on it. I am assuming the Shire are receiving a reasonable rent for having the Optus tower on the block which they would continue to do so if the men's shed were allowed to relocate there. This site is ideal for the men's shed because it has all the services and is fully fenced which would be a huge help with the cost of relocation. If for some unfortunate reason the men's shed should fold up down the track the Shire would still be in possession of a much more valuable asset. Finally I personally feel having a permanent base and nice big shed where they can spread out all their machines will increase the activity and entice more members.

Posted: 25/10/2021 12:19:20 PM

Cervantes Men’s Shed

The idea of the men’s shed going on B green at the bowling club is totally unacceptable. I’m sure the bowlers would not be pleased with industrial noise while playing bowls or the site of rope and timber being stored in the area out side the shed along with trailers etc. including an industrial security fence with barb wire top around B green to keep said trailers and tools and machinery safe. Shire block in industrial area already has this, but if this is not available a more suitable site needs to be found.

Posted: 19/10/2021 8:19:44 AM

Cervantes Men's Shed relocation

To re locate the Cervantes Men's Shed to the Cervantes Bowling club B green shows a lack of future planing re the later expansion of the bowling club. The shire industrial block that is to be auctioned, that is already fenced, has power and water connected, would seem to be a better option. If the Men's Shed obtained grants to build an Industrial Shed on said block, and in the future the Men's Shed failed to operate, then the shire would have an industrial block with an Indutrial Shed on it to auction. Failing this option being available then I think the land to the west of the bowling greens would be suitable provided power and water is close. Consultation with both groups needs to happen.

Posted: 15/10/2021 12:24:11 PM

Member of Cervantes Community Men's Shed

I dispute the Dandaragan Shire Council's rational with regards to re-locating the Cervantes Community Men's Shed to the currently unused Cervantes Bowling Club's "B" green. Not only would this prevent any possible future expansion of the bowling club but could conceivably severely limit the type of activities that could be undertaken by the Cervantes Community Men's Shed members. In general, the members of both organisations believe that the re-purposing of the "B" green is unacceptable and that part of the area of land to the west of bowling club would be a more suitable site. Both organisations have expressed disappointment with the Shire of Dandaragan's approach to consultation regarding this matter.

Posted: 13/10/2021 12:04:51 PM

Cervantes men’s shed

This is a reply to Member of Cervantes Community Men's Shed

I fail to understand the thinking behind the placement of the Men’s shed on B green. This would definitely limit the times the men could use the Shed and would certainly deter men wanting to share “company time”. Industrial area is Definetly a much wiser choice for all concerned

Posted: 18/10/2021 5:00:56 PM