City of Cockburn’s $220m plan for sport and recreation facilities

City of Cockburn’s $220m plan for sport and recreation facilities

Reuben Delany-Dillon using the Coolbellup Skate Park. More facilities like this could be on the cards over the coming 15 years.

CLOSE to $220 million could be spent over the coming 15 years as the City of Cockburn looks to ensure its sport and recreation facilities can cope with a growing population.

The City’s draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2017-2031 (CSRFP), which is out for public consultation until May 30, gives the council a framework to deliver new recreation centres, outdoor hard courts, libraries, cultural facilities and the like, and upgrade current ones where needed.

Overall expenditure in the draft is $218.4m.

More than $68m of that will go towards new active sporting reserves, with specialised community centres likely to receive $56m.

There should be funding also for community centres, netball courts and skate parks.

Priority projects include a new hockey facility in South Lake, the Visko Park Bowling Club, a Hamilton Hill Community Centre feasibility study and a reserve and community centre design for Treeby.

In a report passed through en bloc by Cockburn councillors earlier this month, a City officer said delivery of projects identified in the draft would be subject to the City’s position budget-wise.

“The overall expenditure outlined within the draft CSRFP over the course of 15 years is $218.4m, however a significant amount of external income has been identified to offset the overall expenditure,” the report said.

Developer contributions identified in the report amount to $93.1m, while grants from Lotterywest, the Department of Sport and Recreation and other sources totalled close to $39m.

With Cockburn’s population expected to grow to more than 147,000 in the coming decade, the officer said new and upgraded facilities were a must.

“The past and future increases in population will continue to place pressure on the City’s community, sport and recreation facilities and highlights the importance in taking a forward-planning and strategic approach in the provision of facilities across the City,” the officer said in the report.

To have your say on the plan, visit www.comment.cockburn.wa.gov.au before May 30.

Feedback will be incorporated into a follow-up report that should be presented to the City’s council meeting in July.

Projects identified as highest priorities have been scheduled to occur over the course of the next two financial years:

2017/18

Lakelands Hockey and Community Facilities development – $6.53m.

Visko Park Bowling Club – $9.6m.

Native ARC and Wetlands Education Centre detailed design – $400,000.

Frankland Reserve concept and detail design – $400,000.

Bibra Lake Skate Park and associated facilities – $1.88m.

Golf course business case approvals – $100k.

2018/19

Small ball sports feasibility study for Nicholson Reserve, Yangebup – $100,000

Frankland Reserve sporting and community facility – $4.91m

Hamilton Hill community centre feasibility study – $100,000

Treeby (Calleya Estate) reserve and community centre design – $150,000

Cockburn Central West community facilities plan $100,000

Aboriginal cultural and visitors centre plan $75k

Wetlands Education Centre and Native ARC construction $4.95m

BMX Malabar Park concept and detailed design – $300,000

Wally Hagan detailed design – $500,000

Success Reserve netball Courts construction – $400,000