There is limited provision of regional-level sporting facilities in the outer metropolitan areas of Perth, reflecting past undersupply that has not kept up with high population growth.
According to the Western Australian Government’s Classification framework for public open space, regional-level sporting facilities are 20 hectares or larger in area, and large enough to accommodate various concurrent uses, including but not limited to organised sports, and children’s play. A regional-level sporting facility may accommodate important recreation and organised sport spaces and service one or more geographical regions, with a catchment extending to multiple local government areas.
There are an estimated 78,000 people per week who travel more than 10 kilometres to access a regional-level facility to participate in organised sports and swimming. This equates to 96 million kilometres of excess travel per year.
Lack of access and higher transportation costs impact participation in organised sports. This includes direct costs for individuals, and other impacts such as social exclusion and public health costs from a more sedentary population.