Department of Sport and Recreation Resources


Documents published or commissioned by the Department of Sport and Receation WA. 

Title Year  Description 
Public Parkland Planning and Design Guide (WA) 2014

This guide is intended to inform those working in planning and design about principles and practices to assist in achieving best practice public open space outcomes. 

This guide may be used as a reference point for discussion between planners, developers, designers and associated agencies and authorities throughout the planning and development process. Addressing issues relating to planning, design and diversity of public parklands will ensure optimal provision that meets community needs into the future.

It is envisaged that use of this guide will assist to:
- ensure that parkland can adequately meet the functional needs of the community;
- promote greater industry knowledge and understanding through multi-disciplinary approaches to collaborative decision making;
- encourage and support integrated planning and policy development at all levels; and
- focus planning and design on end-user experience.

Classification Framework for Public Open Space 2012 This peer-reviewed cross-industry classification framework for describing POS was prepared by the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). The development of the framework involved extensive consultation with stakeholders in both local and state government and is designed for use by professionals involved in public open space planning, design and management.

It is intended that the classification framework will:
- Encourage planning and management agencies and authorities to adopt common terminology and enable comparative assessments of open space provision and function, both locally and regionally.
- Inform high level policy and urban planning practice.
- Inform review and revision of open space elements in Liveable Neighbourhoods Guidelines (LNG).
Active Open Space (Playing Fields) in a Growing Perth Peel 2013

The research found:
In delivering significant environmental and social benefits, the unintended consequence of implementing Bush Forever, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Liveable Neighbourhoods planning policies has been a reduction in the amount of open space able to accommodate organised sport.
With a high degree of certainty, the new suburbs in each of the fringe growth subregions of Perth already have a shortage of active playing fields.

The research concluded:
If the provision of the support facilities is taken into account, the total shortfall of open space required for active sport by 2031 is around 495 hectares.
Without a change to the relevant planning policies and without the State Government stepping in to provide additional active open space as Regional Open Space, this shortage can only get worse.

Emerging Constraints for Public Open Space in Perth Metropolitan Suburbs 2010 In 2010 the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) commissioned Curtin University, through the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research (CSRR) and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning), to undertake a study to determine whether these three planning policies have had a significant impact on the supply of active public open space (POS) and, if so, whether this is having an impact on the users of the active POS areas.

The specific aims of the study were to:
- document changes to the nature and extent of POS in new residential areas due to Bush Forever and WSUD (and to examine the impacts of LN where possible);
- investigate the impacts of these changes on the users of the open space;
- explore the policy implications that arise from the data; and
- to propose some specific planning policy measures.
A Network of Public Open Space 2015  A graphic/mind map on delivering excellent public open space networks - issues, factors, functions and facilties. 
Guide to the WA Planning System 2010  Guide to the WA Planning System for the sport and recreation professional
Sports Dimensions Guide   This guide has been prepared by the Department of Sport and Recreation to provide general information regarding the designing of, and marking out for, a range of sporting activities played in Western Australia.
More than Winning: The Real Value of Sport and Recreation in Western Australia   

Sport and recreation helps to build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection. Creates shared experiences and achievements and through participation, sport and address anti-social behaviour and can support education.

There is a lot of social value in sport that links to cultural, artistic, recreational and voluntary activities that enrich the lives of the wider community. 
Brain Boost  2015

How sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning what the research is telling us.