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Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:40 PM

VenuesWest is excited to announce work is well underway on the multi-sport expansion of facilities at HBF Arena which is on track to be delivered by September 2017.

Stakeholders VenuesWest, the City of Joondalup, LandCorp, Department of Finance Building Management and Works, West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association with joint venture contractors EMCO Building and Jones Coulter Young Architects, are working together to deliver bespoke facilities that will significantly enhance the individual sports of basketball and football and ultimately the local community.

The new developments will have the capability to host major sporting events, and VenuesWest looks forward to welcoming the West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association into their new facilities next year.

Please read below for further detail on construction progress.


Following the award of the contract for the design and construction of new basketball and football facilities at HBF Arena, designs are now complete following input from all stakeholders on both aesthetic and operational aspects of the new facilities.

On 5 September, award winning commercial building company EMCO Building officially occupied the site and commenced site preparations.  As such, construction fences and signage have been erected around the precinct to ensure the safety of patrons both whilst parking and moving around the venue.

The site fencing provides stakeholders, patrons and staff a first-hand indication of the locations of the new facilities and size of the two new buildings.

VenuesWest will now work with West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association to develop their respective agreements to enable occupation and use of the facilities once completed.   Based on positive discussions so far all parties expect early completion of the agreements.

The Project Working Group, consisting of representatives from all stakeholder groups, has been meeting on a monthly basis for more than 12 months to ensure the facilities will meet their intended purposes and to keep the project moving along so key targets are met.

Some important project milestones to note over the coming two weeks include:

• Closure of the service road to the rear yard of HBF Arena for approximately five weeks.

• Closure of the right access into HBF Arena from Kennedya Drive (immediately off Joondalup Drive) through the site to the football oval and past the site office until completion of the project.  The road will be reopened on request for specific events only.

• Piling for the new basketball facility will be completed.

• Preparatory work for the basketball building area for concrete footings will commence.

• Work to commence on the new football oval access road, fire services pumproom and inground services supporting the basketball building. Trees will be cleared and lawn removed to provide the new oval access road.

• Sewer mains will be installed alongside the existing basketball building.

• Work to refurbish the undercroft of the existing football grandstand will commence.

Works will include installation of street and parking signage to assist patrons in finding their way through the site.


If you have any queries about the information in this newsletter please contact VenuesWest’s Project Consultant, Gary Conyard at or Communications Manager, Emma Neal at .

VenuesWest is proud to partner with the City of Joondalup, Department of Finance,  West Perth Football Club, Wanneroo Basketball Association and the Department of Sport and Recreation to deliver these new facilities and infrastructure.
VenuesWest also acknowledges the financial support from the Government, City of Joondalup and LandCorp to deliver this major development.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:45 PM - by Justin Bianchini - Joondalup Times

A minibus destined for the scrap heap is now at the service of the West Perth Football Club.

Chief executive David Crute said the club was looking to upgrade its team property van and needed a vehicle for its community programs and to transport people between Joondalup train station and Arena Joondalup.

“We asked a few of our contacts to be on the lookout for something suitable,” he said.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 2:50 PM - by Chris Pike

A FAMILIAR face will be coaching West Perth's colts in 2017 with the appointment of former player and football operations manager Ryan Lasscock to the role at the Falcons.

Craig Thomas is moving on as coach of the West Perth colts after five years at the helm that was highlighted with him named WAFL Colts Coach of the Year in 2015 having led the Falcons back into the finals.

Now the West Perth Football Club is glad to announce the return to the Falcons of Ryan Lasscock as colts coach at least for the 2017 and 2018 WAFL seasons.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Site works are well underway for the HBF Arena re-development with road closures and traffic management plans in effect.

Visitors to HBF Arena via Kennedya Drive will now have to bypass the first right turn, and continue past Lake Joondalup Baptist College to the roundabout to access the carparks. The curved road (that borders our match day VIP carpark) will not be accessible from either direction between the service road and Kennedya Drive.

Please refer to the HBF Arena - road closures map for further information.

Access to the West Perth office remains unchanged - that is, via the Main Entrance of HBF Arena at the western end of the complex.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:14 AM

West Perth district volunteer Dave Burton has been recognised for his significant contribution to the development of women’s and junior football after he was awarded The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year at the WAFL Sandover Medal Count on Monday, September 19.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:43 PM

The WA Football Commission has recently engaged Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to lead the Structural Review of WA Football. The review represents a significant opportunity to evaluate our existing structures and models and look to deliver the appropriate reform to support the game for coming generations.

The input from all levels of the game will play a critical role in guiding the ultimate outcomes of the review. One part of the mutli - faceted approach to the consultation process is the opportunity for all stakeholders to provide input to the project via the link below. All stakeholders should take the time to complete the survey and help in identifying the key challenges and opportunities facing our game. Please note that the link will be open from Monday 12th September to Monday 19th September.


Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:11 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth returned to HBF Arena on Sunday for the WAFL first semi-final but lost at home to Peel Thunder for the first time since 2006 to see the Falcons' 2016 season come to an end.

Having made history last Sunday by winning the club's first ever final downing East Perth by 49 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Peel backed it up at HBF Arena on Sunday defeating last year's grand finalists West Perth 15.15 (105) to 7.3 (45).

While Peel had 17 Fremantle-listed players for a second straight week, it was their ability to perform as a team combined with the five WAFL-listed players that helped them dominate the contest.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:56 AM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth's season ended on Sunday with a 60-point loss to Peel Thunder at HBF Arena.

This was the complete reversal of the last time that the two teams met on July 9 when West Perth held Peel to just 1.5 (11) for the whole game in Mandurah. It just goes to highlight how the addition of a number of seasoned AFL players can bolster a team and make them serious premiership contenders.

While it was a disappointing end to the season for the Falcons they did a really good job to win 13 matches after a slow start.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:46 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth returns to HBF Arena on Sunday looking for a 13th straight win overall over Peel and a 12th in succession at home over the Thunder in the WAFL first semi-final.

Peel qualified for the WAFL finals for the first time in history in 2015 and its first ever final was also at the Joondalup venue against West Perth. It wasn’t a day to remember for the Thunder with the Falcons beating a depleted Peel outfit by 109 points.

It's fair to say the circumstances are vastly different going into this Sunday's game not only in terms of the personnel of both teams, but also because the game is cut-throat unlike last year's qualifying final when both went on to fight another week.

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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 1:03 PM - by Chris Pike

THE hardest job of any coach is telling deserving players that they have missed selection and that was never more true than last week for West Perth's Bill Monaghan and it will be no easier this week as he weighs whether or not changes are required.

West Perth came into the qualifying final with South Fremantle last Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in good form having won 12 of the last 15 matches following a 1-4 start to the season to qualify in third position on the WAFL ladder.

But Monaghan needed to find room for Tyler Keitel, Steve Potente, Dean Munns and Shane Nelson in the team and that meant some difficult selection decisions needed to be made.

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