Maylands Waterland: City of Bayswater to apply for $1 million grant to help fund refurbishments

Maylands Waterlan. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Maylands Waterlan. Picture: Kristie Lim.

BAYSWATER Council will bid for a $1 million State Government grant to refurbish the ageing Maylands Waterland, which had been proposed to be redeveloped into a playground.

A total of $1.5 million in public open space funds was allocated in the 2018-19 budget to redevelop the 1970s site into a playground with water-based elements.

In July, the council asked chief executive Andrew Brien to explore external funding for refurbishment costs by the end of October 2018, following community concern over the future of the site.

At the August 28 council meeting, councillors supported Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish’s alternate motion for officers to apply for a $1 million Community Sports and Recreation Facility Fund grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik’s amendment to authorise Mr Brien to propose changes to the facility in the application was also passed.

Cr Petersen-Pik’s suggested changes include holding casual swimming classes for toddlers, classes for seniors and people with disabilities, fitness classes and solar pool heating or pool blankets.

Officers had recommended council should not progress with the application, due to the considerable preparatory work required and the unlikely success of an application.

The estimated cost for refurbishments and a caf upgrade is $3 million.

According to an officer’s report, the maximum grant would be no more than one-third of the estimated cost, or up to 50 per cent with a special development bonus.

Cr Cornish said the council must take the chance to explore funding as per council’s decision in July.

Cr Petersen-Pik was pleased the council was considering “low-cost ideas” to increase the chances of receiving the grant.

“If we don’t get the grant, nothing happens (and) we would go back to our community and at least say we tried,” he said.

“If we do get the grant but we don’t succeed in getting sufficient funds from external sources to fund the rest of the (refurbishment) project, then nothing forces us to go ahead with it.”

Waterland will remain open in November for the summer season, regardless of the outcome of the application.