Objective of this document

  •  To support VenuesWest Board members, inform and actively influence key stakeholders, government officials and venue hirers through the provision of key messages regarding business opportunities, organisational performance and any relevant contentious issues.

 VenuesWest seeks stakeholder engagement to:

  • Build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships
  • Raise awareness locally and nationally about VenuesWest
  • Create effective relationships to ensure optimal customer and stakeholder satisfaction levels.

 Key messages

  • VenuesWest’s vision is to deliver world class sport and entertainment experiences
  • Revenue generated from the success of our commercial activities is re-invested back into our venues, directly benefitting high performance athletes, local sports and the community.
  • The quality and diversity of VenuesWest’s facilities ensures we consistently deliver world class sport and entertainment experiences for the people of WA.
  • VenuesWest is recognised as Western Australia’s premier provider of venues for high performance athlete sport, health and participation for individuals and families and providing quality entertainment experiences for all.
  • We contribute directly to the Perth economy through hosting sporting and entertainment events that attract local, national and international visitors to our venues.
  • We provide more than venues; we provide opportunities for healthy lifestyles, social interaction and achieving personal goals.
  • VenuesWest’s portfolio of 13 venues includes the world class Perth Arena and the redeveloped nib Stadium as well as Perth Stadium which is due to be completed in 2018.
  • These are in addition to HBF Stadium, HBF Arena, WA Athletics Stadium, Bendat Basketball Centre, Midvale SpeedDome, Perth Motorplex, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, WA Rugby Centre, State Netball Centre and the Western Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre.

 Updates/developments – February 2018

 HBF Arena new development

  • West Perth Football Club moved into the new facilities at Christmas.
  • David Crute resigned as CEO and recruitment for a new CEO completed. Stuart Kemp is acting in the CEO role and an announcement regarding the new appointment is expected this week.
  • West Perth Football Club still does not have a liquor license.

 Perth Motorplex

  • With the completion of the EOI process, VenuesWest are in the bidding phase which concludes at the end of March.
  • The agreements for Lease and Sale are nearing finalisation with Department of Lands.
  • The Ministerial directive to suspend all junior drag racing until further notice remains in place.

 Optus Stadium

  • Optus Stadium reached Commercial Acceptance on 31 December. Control of the site including the management order now sits with VenuesWest.
  • VenuesLive have moved into the operating phase responsible for operating Optus Stadium and the Stadium Park.
  • Westadium will now fulfil its maintenance obligations under the operating phase of the DBFM contract.
  • The Stadium’s event calendar has officially commenced with the highly anticipated Community Open Day on Sunday 21 January, a momentous occasion for the State garnering positive media attention and praise from the public.
  • The first major sporting event, the One-Day International Cricket was a success. A number of valuable lessons have been learned with food and transport issues still to be ironed out. Drawing a crowd of over 53, 000 people the event set a new benchmark for attendance at a sporting event in WA. .
  • An 89-year-old record was broken when a 41, 975 strong crowd watched the Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s team defeat Collingwood at the first AFL Game to be played at the Stadium.
  • Event calendar continues to grow with two Ed Sheeran concerts, an NRL double-header,Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory soccer match, State of Origin II, Bledisloe Cup match, Fremantle Dockers Women’s game, Nitro Circus and Taylor Swift.
  • The 2018 AFL season commences on 25 March with the West Coast Eagles hosting the Sydney Swans.
  • The Camfield Tavern is on track for Practical Completion on Monday 19 February.

 Optus Stadium - current standard lines regarding the foot bridge

  • The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge project program has been further delayed with the revised completion date projected for 21 May 2018.
  • The design of the bridge has been amended with the steel arches no longer being covered.
  • The bridge has officially been named – Matagarup Bridge. This is the name given to the area surrounding Heirisson Island by traditional owners.

Optus Stadium - Sporting contracts

  • A finalised football agreement was announced publically on 22 October 2017. This followed extended negotiations between the State Negotiating Team and the Joint Football Working Group  (comprising the Australian Football League (AFL), the WAFC and the two Western Australian AFL Clubs) regarding user arrangements. 
  • The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will call Optus Stadium home for the next 50 years.
  • Agreement has been reached with Cricket Australia and the Western Australian Cricket Association ensuring that ten days of International Cricket and all Big Bash League matches will be played at Optus Stadium.
  • A venue hire agreement has been entered into for the T20 World Cup to play at Optus Stadium in 2020.

 Perth Arena events

  • WA’s first UFC event took place on 11 February with a largely well behaved crowd of 12, 500.
  • During February Mrs Brown’s Boys will return to Perth Arena for four shows, the Perth Wildcats will face Cairns Taipans and rock icon Roger Waters will deliver his US + THEM tour.
  • Recently announced events include Celine Dion who will play at Perth Arena in August.

Perth Arena window glazing works

  • Following the rejection of the first tender due to a lack of affordability, a second tender was released in December and closed 18 January 2018.
  • The Evaluation panel has identified a preferred approach and the recommendation will be passed to the CEO in due course.
  • To ensure the continued safety of public and venue visitors the closure of the bike path running behind the venue has been extended. This is the only place glass has actually fallen.
  • Additional mitigation incudes the positioning of marquees in public thoroughfares and entries to deflect anything that might fall.
  • Following concerns about the effectiveness of the marquees to deflect falling glass, VW are purchasing reinforced marquees (tin roof and extra purlins).
  • The venue remains operational as the risk to visitors is being adequately managed.


  • UCI certification application still in progress. Additional event set up information has been requested.
  • Lighting repairs/ replacements are being undertaken to restore a competition level of lighting.

nib Stadium

  • Expressions of interest continue for a new naming rights partner.
  • American rock band the Foo Fighters kicked off the Australian leg of their Concrete and Gold tour during January, attended by over 25,000 fans.
  • Perth Glory games attendance an average of 8402 so far this season.

Brand Ambassador Program

  • VenuesWest’s 2017/18 brand ambassador program is over half way. All four ambassadors continue to promote awareness within the community of VenuesWest’s support of high performance sport through a number of activities.
  • VenuesWest is proud to support four of WA’s best athletes with a $5000 cash sponsorship to assist with their training and competition expenses.
  • VenuesWest’s 2017/18 Brand Ambassadors are:
    • Amber Merritt – wheelchair basketball, Bendat Basketball Centre.
    • Brianna Throssell – swimming, HBF Stadium
    • Nikita Hains – diving, HBF Stadium
    • Steve Bird – kayak, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre
  • Brand Ambassador Steve Bird achieved recent success at the 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 in Penrith winning the men’s K1 200m event.

Queen’s Baton Relay

  • WA Athletics Stadium will host the Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday 25 February where it will stop for the longest period of its journey in Western Australia.

Community Partners Program

The following charities are community partners for VenuesWest this year:

  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Superfins WA
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Autism West
  • St Vincent De Paul’s Society WA
  • VenuesWest continues to provide support through free dress Fridays and morning tea funds.
  • A variety of concert and sporting tickets are provided where possible for our community partners to pass on to deserving families, volunteers, staff and clients.
  • VenuesWest are shortly implementing a Workplace Giving program, giving staff the opportunity to provide further support through donations via their fortnightly pay.

 Updated 14 February 2018