THE City of Canning has joined 10 other councils in a new campaign to create more major sport and recreation facilities in their areas.
The Growth Areas Perth and Peel (GAPP) campaign aims to lobby the Federal Government for a combined $350m contribution to major sporting projects within the 11 local government areas.
GAPP spokesperson and City of Wanneroo mayor Tracy Roberts said the purpose behind the campaign was to give residents in these areas access to the same high-quality facilities as those in other communities within the next six years.
“Seventy five per cent of Perth’s population growth is occurring in the outer metropolitan communities, and yet these communities have very few major sports facilities,” she said.
“We have lots of land identified on government plans that is waiting to be turned into high quality sports facilities.”
The City of Canning is asking for $30m in Federal funding for the proposed $114.7m Canning Vale Regional Sports Complex as part of the campaign.
The development would turn two parcels of vacant land on Clifton Road into a multi-sport hub supporting soccer, AFL, rugby codes, tee-ball, softball, cycling and court sports.
Canning mayor Paul Ng said the Canning Vale development would be an opportunity to address the shortage of sporting and recreational space in the area.
“The campaign is critical to the City achieving the funding for the project,” he said.
“The demographic analysis highlights that the Canning Vale site, if developed, will draw from a broader population base which lies outside of the City of Canning jurisdiction.
“The project will alleviate the lack of active space in the growing population in the south-eastern area of the Perth Metropolitan area whilst delivering sustainable outcomes as overall benefits of the project.”
The GAPP campaign includes the cities of Armadale, Canning, Cockburn, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Kwinana, Mandurah, Rockingham, Swan and Wanneroo as well as the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
Visit www.gapp.org.au for more information.