Bibra Lake park proposal sees Labor get its skates on


Bibra Lake Residents Association secretary Michelle Barnett, Cockburn councillor Phil Eva, BLRA treasurer Lydia Philpott, Willagee MLA Peter Tinley, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and BLRA president Christine Cooper at the old Bibra Lake Skate Park.
Bibra Lake Residents Association secretary Michelle Barnett, Cockburn councillor Phil Eva, BLRA treasurer Lydia Philpott, Willagee MLA Peter Tinley, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and BLRA president Christine Cooper at the old Bibra Lake Skate Park.

PLANS for a new skate park and recreation precinct in Bibra Lake received a boost last week.

Willagee MLA Peter Tinley said if Labor won government on March 11, it would commit $400,000 to the park the City of Cockburn plans to build.

“As a parent I know the importance of having local youth facilities, especially ones that promote physical activity,” Mr Tinley said.

“Keeping active is the best way to keep kids out of trouble and, contrary to popular belief, public skate parks reduce illicit behaviour in local communities.”

Residents pushed to have the Bibra Drive site updated in 2015 after the Market Garden Swamp skate park in Spearwood was revamped.

The City of Cockburn has plans for a recreation precinct featuring the skate park, a basketball court, barbecue area, a playground and close to 6000sq m of off-lead dog exercise space out for public comment.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the precinct could cost about $1.8 million.

He said the existing portable skate park was old and in need of an update.

“This facility combined with other recreation facilities is sure to attract many skaters, scooter riders and bike riders to the precinct,” he said.

“The amenities in the precinct also need to be provided or upgraded to create a hub of activity which is accessible and comfortable for people to stay and enjoy the beautiful eastern side of Bibra Lake.”

Bibra Lake Residents Association secretary Michelle Barnett said the plans were greater than anything the community had expected and the facility would be a drawcard for the suburb.

“It will be important for the area because Bibra Lake is growing,” she said.

“We have a younger demographic starting to come through and this zone will be ample for the children and youth of the community.”

Cockburn councillor Phil Eva said he would call on the City to investigate the possibility of moving the old skate park from Bibra Lake to Beeliar or Yangebup after community discussion.

To have your say on the skate park and recreation precinct plans, visit comment.cockburn.wa.gov.au.