From Grandstand To Grandwalk

From Grandstand To Grandwalk

Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

Perry Lakes Stadium Seating Lives On In New Boardwalk

Victor P Taffa

Timber used for Grandstand Seating at Perry Lakes Stadium, built in 1962, has been recycled and used in a new Boardwalk Opened by Planning Minister John Day.

The 280 m Boardwalk was built as part of work to restore the Lake Edge during Civil Works for Stage 1 of LandCorp’s Perry Lakes Redevelopment.

“It is made from 7,500 linear metres of the original Wandoo timber seating from the athletics stadium, and the seat number markings on some of the boards serve as a wonderful reminder of the site’s heritage.” Mr. Day said.

“The restoration of the lake edge is achieving positive outcomes for the environment and community, and now people can enjoy the natural beauty of this area and protect it at the same time.”

“The many exotic species which had invaded the lake edge have been removed and replaced with more than 55,000 native plants.”

Town of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said LandCorp was delivering an excellent outcome at Perry Lakes that would benefit the community for many years.

“The boardwalk and other landscaping along the lake edge really add to the area and the town is delighted with the result.” Cr. Withers said.

“It will encourage visitors to the area, and the boardwalk will be a feature of the Perry Lakes parkland which opens up the east lake edge from Alderbury Street to Underwood Avenue.”

The Minister said the extensive re-use of materials in the redevelopment was a key sustainability measure in the Perry Lakes Redevelopment Act 2005.

“The intention has been to ensure as much recycled material as possible is used in the redevelopment and not sent to land-fill.” Mr. Day said.

“Many of the original bricks have been used for retaining walls and entry statements, while damaged bricks and concrete have been crushed and used in the boardwalk landscaping.”

“Flooring from the former basketball stadium has been donated to Cockburn Basketball Club as well as to Basketball WA and Wildcats as memorabilia pieces. Some of the metal beams from the basketball stadium will be re-used in public art within the redevelopment.” Mr. Day said.

Other information on Perry Lakes Redevelopment:

  • The site covers an area of 15.56 ha;
  • Stage 1 will create 39 lots. The auction on Saturday, December 4 will offer the first 17 of these;
  • More than 1,000 people have registered interest in purchasing lots through the Perry Lakes website;
  • Street Names in Stage 1 reflect key themes and sports from the 1962 Empire and Commonwealth Games;
  • The Redevelopment will ultimately include four character settings celebrating aspects of Perry Lakes History:
  • Garden Belt – adjacent to the green belt, trees and open spaces;
  • Track and Field – towards the centre, reflecting the original 400 m Running Track;
  • International – in the heart of the redevelopment reflecting formal modernist design;
  • Adding density, the Apartment precinct near Underwood Avenue reflecting the important public structures of the 1962 Commonwealth Games;
  • The Redevelopment Plan allows for more than 600 dwellings to be built on 134 lots.  It is envisaged more than 1,200 people will live in the Perry Lakes redevelopment once fully complete;
  • The Sir Thomas Meagher Pavilion (the Grandstand) and Basketball Stadium will be removed in Stage 2 works in 2011;
  • RugbyWA and the Western Force are currently tenants within the Grandstand. Their new facilities are currently being built next to the WA Basketball Centre on Underwood Avenue.