Booyeembara Park Master Plan Implementation

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We’re seeking your feedback on proposed improvements to Booyeembara Park, in line with the existing landscape master plan.


About Booyeembara Park

The land now known as Booyeembara Park was once a quarry and a tip. In the late 1990s the Montreal Street Open Space Master Plan evolved through a collaborative process with the Montreal Open Space Steering Committee, which included local elders, community representatives, councillors and landscape architects. In 2000 it was officially named Booyeembara Park; Booyeembara is a Nyoongar word for 'of the limestone hills’. In 2006 the Park was identified as an AILA Australian Significant Landscape.

The implementation of the master plan has been an ongoing process influenced by many factors including the sites history, site contamination issues, community use and budget availability. Involvement of the local community has continued, with the Booyeembara Park Reference Group working closely with the City to ensure implementation is in line with current community requirements. You can find more information on the history of the site by clicking here or visiting the document library. In recent years many changes have occurred in the area including new residential developments in White Gum Valley and the Knutsford area and a proposed new golf course clubroom and community facility as a result of Main Roads High Street upgrade.


What are the proposed improvements?

The City of Fremantle has received a cash-in-lieu contribution specifically for improvements to Booyeembara Park as a condition of subdivision from nearby land. Subject to approval of WAPC, this will fund stage one works, with the balance of works to be completed in future years.

Please click the interactive image to view all proposed options and information. Click on the icon on the bottom right hand corner to enlarge the image. Proposals developed for feedback include upgrades to the olive grove, story-telling circle and amphitheatre, addition of a half basketball court near the youth zone, a seasonal wetland at the base of the hill and stairs and ramps up the hill to a lookout.

How can I contribute my thoughts?

The proposals developed for feedback have been based on community engagement for several recent projects as well as ongoing work by the Booyeembara Park Reference Group. We invite your feedback by:

  • Reviewing the image above and sharing your thoughts below. This includes feedback on options to address parking at the arrival area of the proposed mountain bike trails (Stevens St), either: Option A - off street parking within the park - with additional on-street parking or Option B - all on-street parking.
  • You can also come to our drop-in session Thurs 26 November 2020, anytime between 3.30pm to 6.00pm, to view the plans and chat to specialist staff. Find us in the grassed area next to the playground.


Explore the proposed improvements and share your thoughts below by Sunday 13 December 2020 or come to the drop-in session Thursday 26 November 2020.



We’re seeking your feedback on proposed improvements to Booyeembara Park, in line with the existing landscape master plan.


About Booyeembara Park

The land now known as Booyeembara Park was once a quarry and a tip. In the late 1990s the Montreal Street Open Space Master Plan evolved through a collaborative process with the Montreal Open Space Steering Committee, which included local elders, community representatives, councillors and landscape architects. In 2000 it was officially named Booyeembara Park; Booyeembara is a Nyoongar word for 'of the limestone hills’. In 2006 the Park was identified as an AILA Australian Significant Landscape.

The implementation of the master plan has been an ongoing process influenced by many factors including the sites history, site contamination issues, community use and budget availability. Involvement of the local community has continued, with the Booyeembara Park Reference Group working closely with the City to ensure implementation is in line with current community requirements. You can find more information on the history of the site by clicking here or visiting the document library. In recent years many changes have occurred in the area including new residential developments in White Gum Valley and the Knutsford area and a proposed new golf course clubroom and community facility as a result of Main Roads High Street upgrade.


What are the proposed improvements?

The City of Fremantle has received a cash-in-lieu contribution specifically for improvements to Booyeembara Park as a condition of subdivision from nearby land. Subject to approval of WAPC, this will fund stage one works, with the balance of works to be completed in future years.

Please click the interactive image to view all proposed options and information. Click on the icon on the bottom right hand corner to enlarge the image. Proposals developed for feedback include upgrades to the olive grove, story-telling circle and amphitheatre, addition of a half basketball court near the youth zone, a seasonal wetland at the base of the hill and stairs and ramps up the hill to a lookout.

How can I contribute my thoughts?

The proposals developed for feedback have been based on community engagement for several recent projects as well as ongoing work by the Booyeembara Park Reference Group. We invite your feedback by:

  • Reviewing the image above and sharing your thoughts below. This includes feedback on options to address parking at the arrival area of the proposed mountain bike trails (Stevens St), either: Option A - off street parking within the park - with additional on-street parking or Option B - all on-street parking.
  • You can also come to our drop-in session Thurs 26 November 2020, anytime between 3.30pm to 6.00pm, to view the plans and chat to specialist staff. Find us in the grassed area next to the playground.


Explore the proposed improvements and share your thoughts below by Sunday 13 December 2020 or come to the drop-in session Thursday 26 November 2020.


  • Landscape plan adopted

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    At the meeting of 28 April 2021, Council adopted the Booyeembara Park Landscape Plan.

    Officers will now progress to detailed design, tender and construction for the stage 1 works. The priority for stage 1 includes the golf clubhouse and community building integration area and olive grove event space, followed by the story telling circle and half-court basketball.

    The works will be funded by the cash in lieu payment from Development WA from the East Village, Knutsford development. Construction will be timed around building the new golf clubhouse/community facility and is expected to begin in late 2021.

    The landscape plan is a long term guiding plan for the park and not intended to be carried out immediately. The rest of the works will be progressively implemented over the coming years as budget becomes available. Budget will be sought for the next stage of the works, potentially including the amphitheatre, paths linking the story telling circle into park, and three shelters in the picnic area in the 2021/2022 financial year.

    To find out more, you can click here to view the meeting minutes.


    Mountain bike trail concept

    The landscape plan also includes the mountain bike trail concept. Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk pledged $300,000 towards this project during the recent state election campaign, and the City will consider additional funding for the trails as part of the 2021-22 budget process.

    The funding will construct stage 1 of the mountain bike trails, which includes the downhill trails. A second stage will be planned including the pump track, parking and picnic shelter areas and is subject to future funding.

    We thank you again for your contribution to the project and hope you will enjoy the coming upgrades to the park.

  • Item to Committee

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    An item on the draft master plan is going to Committee on Wednesday 14 April 2021. The report includes details of the engagement and the draft master plan, recommended for approval.

    With the finalisation of the plans for the golf club house and community facility, small changes have also been made to integrate the building into the landscape to allow for a better variety of uses. Internal parking (Option A) has been incorporated for the mountain bike trail area as a result of the feedback.

    The City will continue developing proposals for traffic calming options on Stevens and Montreal Streets that also improve pedestrian accessibility.

    To view the agenda item, click here or visit the City's Agendas and Minutes page.

    To view the agenda attachments, including the Booyeembara Park Landscape Plan, click here.


    Attending Committee

    Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation (FPOL) Committee Meeting
    Wednesday 14 April 2021, 6.00pm. North Fremantle Community Hall, 2 Thompson Road, North Fremantle.

    Committee meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are also welcome to attend or speak at Council or Committee meetings, you can find more information on this here.

  • Engagement findings

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    The findings of this engagement have now been compiled and you can download a copy of the report here or via the document library.


    What we heard

    The My Say Freo page was visited 385 times with a total of 26 submissions, and the drop-in information session was attended by about 35 people. The majority of respondents spoke positively about the plan and thought it would be of great benefit to the community.

    Those who didn't support the plan were mostly concerned about impacts on the natural environment and existing attributes of the reserve. The City notes these concerns and all work within the park will be undertaken with the view to have minimal impact on the existing vegetation.

    Regarding parking, Option A (off street parking, with additional on-street bays) was the preferred method due to improved safety and reduced impact on local residents. This also responds to the community desire for more parking in the area that was raised in 2018 and 2020 engagement projects.

    Please read the report for full details on the input we received.


    Next steps

    As a result of the findings, the internal parking (Option A) will be incorporated for the mountain bike trail area. The City will continue developing proposals for traffic calming options on Stevens and Montreal Streets that also improve pedestrian accessibility.

    The City will also consider how to integrate the community facility into the plan and the landscaping around the building site. The proposed concept including these changes will be considered by the Booyeembara Park Reference Group before being finalised.

    The final concept will then be considered by Council via the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation (FPOL) Committee. If approved, the projects will progress to detailed design and (where applicable) additional funding sought.