FEDERAL Labor has promised to fund $1.5 million towards the redevelopment of Maylands Waterland, if successful at the upcoming election.
The City of Bayswater and community group Friends of Maylands Waterland have formed a working group to develop options for the 40-year-old water facility.
This promise will add to the City’s current budget allocation of $1.5 million in public open space cash-in-lieu funds for the redevelopment.
Perth MHR Patrick Gorman joined Federal Opposition finance spokesman Jim Chalmers, Mayor Dan Bull and group chair Josh Eveson to announce the funding promise at the site this morning.
Mr Gorman said it was clear action and a partnership with the City was needed to give the Waterland “a life for the next 40 years”.
“It is not going to survive the next 40 years without some major investment,” he said.
“This is not just a facility that is used by people in the City of Bayswater; people from the City of Vincent and the City of Stirling and people further afield use this facility.
“It is just a great facility…people aged two to eight (years) just don’t have one for them and this is a facility just for them.”
Mr Chalmers said there was not a lot of money in the Federal Budget but the facility “ticked every box”.
“It is about investing in local communities, it is about making kids safer and more comfortable around the water and it is about giving local families, the facilities that they need and deserve.
“We want to make this part of the future of this community and not just a cherished part of the past.”
Cr Bull said the working group was developing options on the revitalisation of the site and would ask the community on its views before progressing further.
“Through the advocacy of Josh and the Friends of Maylands Waterland, a community vision that sets up this cherished facility for the next generation and the one after can be realised,” he said.
“Council was very open about the fact that we simply can’t afford to upgrade Maylands Waterland, certainly not on our own.
“This is a perfect example of the tiers of government working together to deliver a positive outcome for the community.”
Mr Eveson said the group was happy to gain support from Labor and the council.
“I think it is a tribute to the group…we are only a small group of people who met with a common interest in trying to keep Waterland alive,” he said.
“I think the big thing is that the business case has to stand up and needs to be current because lifestyles have changed and parenting has changed over the last 40 years.
“The community is more than happy to accept that if there is a change there is going to be some downtime.”