ONE of the state’s largest sport and recreation precincts has moved a step closer to fruition after the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale acquired land for the Mundijong Regional Sporting Complex.
The State Government has relinquished to the shire a 63 hectare site previously held by WA Health and the Mental Health Commission near Keirnan Street and South Western Highway.
The complex, projected to cost between $70-100 million, is expected to include two football ovals, four rugby and soccer pitches, cricket pitches and nets, basketball, netball and tennis courts swimming pools, a gymnasium and a national level BMX track.
Shire President Michelle Rich said the acquisition was a significant step towards creating a true community precinct that would meet the needs of local clubs and athletes.
“Local sporting clubs are crying out for new facilities that will allow them to grow and give their members the best opportunity to succeed,” Cr Rich said.
“We have 120 sporting and community groups in the Shire and the unfortunate reality is that current facilities just don’t meet demand.
“Athletes are often forced outside of the Shire to practice and play.”
Cr Rich said the ambitious project was still in its early stages, but the Shire would consult widely with sporting clubs, community groups and the public before releasing designs.
“We want this precinct to be a source of community pride well into the future, which is why it’s important we do things right from the beginning,” she said.
“We’re committed to progressing the planning process as quickly as possible and today’s announcement is certainly a big step forward.”
Premier Mark McGowan said he was proud to get the ball rolling on the new precinct.
“Not only will the Mundijong Regional Sporting Complex give the community better places to exercise and recreate, the scope of the proposal will ensure jobs are created in a range of industries, supporting local employment, small business and the local economy,” he said.