Beckenham: Premier Colin Barnett opens Mills Park complex, says it has ‘set benchmark’ for sporting facilities

Former premier Colin Barnett tries out the new facilities at Mills Park complex.  Picture: Robin Kornet
Former premier Colin Barnett tries out the new facilities at Mills Park complex. Picture: Robin Kornet

PREMIER Colin Barnett says the new $47 million Mills Park complex has set a benchmark for sporting facilities.

He officially opened the 24-hectare recreation facility last Friday. It is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Gosnells.

Mr Barnett took a tour of the facility, which included a hit on the brand new tennis courts and watching the Beckenham Angels soccer team in action.

Mills Park is bounded by Roe Highway, Brixton Street and Bickley Road in Beckenham.

The Kenwick football and cricket clubs will call Mills Park home, with the football club expected to start playing on the football oval in early 2017.

The park features a range of facilities, including the state’s first synthetic soccer pitches, a community centre, skate plaza, tennis court, football ovals and recreation space.

Mr Barnett said it was a big investment by the City of Gosnells and described it as truly wonderful.

“This has been well thought through, well put together and an outstanding facility,” he said.

“I have been to lots of facilities around the metropolitan area and around the country but I think the City of Gosnells, you have hit the high point.

“I have not seen a sporting facility and a community facility that caters for so many groups.”

Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the project had far exceeded her expectations.

“Redeveloping Mills Park has been a complex $47 million project requiring immense planning,” she said.

“The success is also due to the extensive input from the local clubs; it will allow local sporting clubs to compete at their best.”

The Mills Park master plan was finalised in December 2014, with stage one works beginning in April last year.