$5m sport facility push

Bowling and Recreation Club president Pat McBride and club secretary Greg Stoker. |Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d440818
Bowling and Recreation Club president Pat McBride and club secretary Greg Stoker. |Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d440818

But there is another sporting facility just 5km away the City is also looking to build.

The proposal is for Visko Park in Yangebup to host an administration building, bowling greens, futsal playing areas, beach volleyball courts and a cafe.

If the $9 million facility is built it would mean the relocation of the Cockburn Bowling and Recreation Club from its home in Spearwood.

It is a move the city has been considering for more than four years. Bowling and Recreation Club president Pat McBride said the club was happy to stay where it was, but would make the move if needed.

This month Cockburn councillors agreed to seek $4.5 million of funding from the Commonwealth National Stronger Regions Fund.

The fund is an opportunity for the city to source up to half the cost of the new build.

The request is no sure thing, with a previous application for $4.23 million knocked back.

The city says it now has a submission it believes can push it over the line. It includes the economic benefits brought on by construction of the facility and an on-site cafe, programs that can be run from the centre and address social disadvantages, and partnerships between different parties.

While the city expects to contribute the majority of funding, Mr Avard said private operator Area 5 could pay for the futsal facilities it needed.

�At present, there are no plans to develop the land on which the current Cockburn Bowling Club stands,� he said.