Shire of Toodyay Recreation Strategy


Client: The Shire of Toodyay

Services: Community, Planning, Sport, Facilities, Evaluation

Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown, Nathan Gray

Location: Shire of Toodyay, 15 Fiennes St, Toodyay WA 6566, Australia

Completion: December 30, 2013


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.


Toodyay Showgrounds was the major multipurpose recreation and sport precinct in Toodyay. Whilst a master plan was commissioned by Council, it could not be implemented due to site constraints regarding an aboriginal burial ground. It was highly likely that recreation activities on the burial ground will be permanently prohibited. The result will be that the hockey pitch cannot be used, and given the size of the Showgrounds, combined with its topography and historical buildings, it cannot accommodate a football oval, hockey pitch and netball courts.

A new site was investigated adjacent ot the Toodyay District High School. It was recommended that a new Toodyay Recreation and Sport Precinct be established including:

  • Football, cricket and soccer fields
  • Hockey pitch
  • Netball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Bowling greens
  • Club rooms, change rooms and amenities
  • Aquatic centre
  • Sports hall
  • Health and fitness studio

Funding has been obtained, the land purchased and detailed planning and design for the new recreation and sport precinct is proceeding.


Preparation of the Recreation Strategy was undertaken in four phases:

Phase 1: Project Clarification

Phase 2: Situation Analysis including an inventory of existing facilities, key informant interviews, surveys, demographic analysis

Phase 3: Idea Generation through an ideas workshop

Phase 4: Preparation and presentation of the final report