Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Ashfield Flats Master Plan?
The master plan is a strategic level document based upon the findings and recommendations of the Ashfield Flats Hydrological Study. The master planning will take analysis of site context, community consultation, and conditions (i.e., environmental qualities, community values) to propose appropriate policies and objectives with associated strategies/ management/ intervention activities for the study area.
2. Where can I find out more information on the Hydrological Study?
Summary Report: Ashfield Flats Hydrological Study - Summary Report
Full Study: Ashfield Flats Hydrological Study - Full
3. What are the study area extents for the Master Plan?
4. Who will be conducting the Master Planning process?
The Master Plan will be prepared by a multidisciplinary consultant team, contracted by DBCA. The project will be delivered with Urbaqua, as the lead consultancy, in partnership with Southwest Kinships, Shape Urban, MP Rogers, and PGV Environmental.
5. Who are land managers for this site?
Ashfield Flats is managed by multiple organisations. A large portion of Ashfield Flats is managed by the Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage, with sections under the management of the Town of Bassendean. The Water Corporation manage the drainage reserves that transect the site.
6. When will the Master Planning process commence?
The procurement process is currently active, and award of the project is expected to be made at the end of the month. The project inception is expected to be mid- to late- October.
7. When will the Master Plan be completed?
8. When is community consultation being undertaken?
This will be subject to the specific timeline proposed by the consultant team. There will be an initial community consultation to prepare the master plan, with subsequent public comment periods on draft copies of the master plan.
9. What site qualities and pressures will the master plan be covering?
The qualities and pressures covered by the master planning process are largely derived from the preceding Hydrological Study and past management works and will include, but not be limited to:
• Stormwater quality entering the site/river
• Groundwater quality entering the site/river
• Foreshore stabilisation
• Sea-level rise/ inundation of the site
• Threatened ecological community management
• Responses to other pressures expected from climate change (e.g., bushfire risk, habitat loss)
• Ongoing maintenance and monitoring plans
• Community values such as public (and dog) access; movement networks and other uses
• Infrastructure asset management
10. How can I be more involved?
DBCA encourages involvement from the public in the master planning process, and we will advertise public comment periods broadly. The public will be invited to express what they love about this area and to express what they would like to see in the planning for the area, understanding the forecast changes that are likely to occur.