East Fremantle Recreation and Community Facilities Plan

Prepared for the Town of East Fremantle, it established a strategic plan to guide future investment and management of recreation and community assets. It identified existing facilities, their use and functionality and recommended strategies to meet projected future population and demographic changes in the Town.

Services: Community, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: East Fremantle, Australia

Gympie Regional Council Community Development Strategy

The Strategy was to provide a clear outline for future Community Development for Council.

The strategy was to:

  • Set the strategic direction for community development
  • Identify key themes and areas
  • Involved consultation with key community stakeholders
  • Identified emerging trends and issues linked to Community Development for Council
  • Outline initiatives and activities for the region
  • Align Community Development activities with Council’s strategic direction and existing policies and procedures.


The purpose of the Community Development Strategy was to assist in ensuring the Gympie Region:

  • Is a community that is accountable, consistent, appreciative, communicative and respectful
  • Is an inclusive, involved and engaged community
  • Empowers individuals and groups
  • Has increased social cohesion and positive relationships

Has responsive service delivery and policy based on community identified needs and solutions.

Services: Community
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Gympie, Australia

CLC Ranger Program Development Strategy

Undertaken in association with Creating Communities, the study reviewed the Ranger Program managed by the Central Land Council and operating in multiple indigenous communities.

The project involved discussions with traditional owners in each indigenous community.  The project reviewed the effectiveness of the program based on the cost to fund the program and the outcomes delivered by Rangers.

Services: Community, Evaluation, Funding
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Alice Springs, Australia

Shire of Toodyay Recreation Strategy

The Shire of Toodyay borders the north-eastern edge of the Perth Metropolitan Region, adjoining the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring to the south. It is surrounded by the country Shires of Northam, Goomalling, Victoria Plains and Chittering and covers an area of 1,683 square kilometres.

The Toodyay townsite, which is the primary service area of the Shire, is situated 85 kilometres northeast of central Perth, approximately a 45 minute drive from Midland. The majority of settlement is consolidated within and around the Toodyay townsite, though there are also seven Special Rural nodes throughout the Shire. With the exception of Morangup, located in the south western corner of the Shire, all of the Special Rural developments are serviced by the Toodyaytownsite. Morangup is situated approximately 30 kilometres from the Toodyay

townsite and while some residents may use Toodyay as their primary service centre, it is likely that a majority of people use the closer settlement of Gidgegannup or travel to Midland.

The Shire has a current population of approximately 4,800 persons having experienced growth rates of between 1.1% and 3.5% over the past ten years. The Shire of Toodyay is experiencing growth and development pressures associated with expansion of the Perth metropolitan region and the increasing proportion of the metropolitan population seeking to share the lifestyle experience of the Shire, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Services: Community, Planning, Sport, Facilities, Evaluation
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown, Nathan Gray
Location: Toodyay, Australia

Rowing in the Canning Bridge Area

Rowing is part of the history of the Canning Bridge precinct. The City of Melville wanted to understand the capacity of the site for rowing, both training and regattas.

The Canning Bridge Precinct, which includes Apex Park, is evolving to become a unique, vibrant, creative community space. As one of the City of Melville’s major strategic urban development priorities, investigations are underway for the long-term planning and development of this precinct. Given the potential for development to include high density dwellings and a significant increase in population in the area immediate, there will be an increasing public demand for greater use of this area.

In an effort to understand and respond to the various opportunities and challenges that currently exist and are likely to arise as a result of a larger number of users competing for the same recreational areas, the City of Melville and the Department of Sport and Recreation jointly funded this study to assess the future of rowing in the Canning Bridge area.

Essentially the City and the DSR believed that rowing can continue in the precinct; however there needs to be a clear understanding of how it will look in the future. Given that the clubs are predicting growth, the study included an assessment of current facilities, levels of activities and services the clubs currently provide, any future plans for expanded activities and facilities and whether these can be sustainably managed into the future to limit conflicts.

Services: Tourism, Community, Evaluation, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown
Location: Booragoon, Australia