The expansion project originally proposed to extend the existing playing field from junior to senior AFL size, install another two floodlights, relocate the two practice cricket wickets and provide an extra 40 car parking bays.
However, after the sites were identified, the City was required to carry out an ethnographic survey, which included archival research, site investigations and consultation with four Aboriginal families who had significant interest in the Warradale area.
They requested native trees and shrubs be planted, the installation of interpretive signage and a possible sculpture to relate the Noongar history of the area, indigenous monitors to be employed during earthworks to look for buried archaeological material and the removal of the brick barbecue. The survey found the City should lodge an application under the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 before starting work. At its meeting on March 5, the City of Wanneroo noted these additions to the project and the revised cost and timeframe.
‘Administration believes the recommendations of the Wuru |Report are achievable and do not adversely impact on the intent of the active reserve expansion project,’ the council document read.
The City has allocated $3700 for the application to the Department of Indigenous Affairs, $20,000 for design and $680,000 for construction (including $50,000 for native trees and interpretive signage) as part of the draft 10 Year Sports Facilities Program for 2013-14.