Cockburn Central on way

Kane Horn from the Disability Reference Group. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d421401
Kane Horn from the Disability Reference Group. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d421401

The council last week adopted the concept design for the facility it will co-build with the Fremantle Dockers and Curtin University. It will now develop plans needed for a building construction tender to be considered in August.

For the public there will be an indoor sports hall capable of holding show court events, allied health, a 52m outdoor lap and competition pool, an eight-lane leisure lap pool, a water slide, a water playground and a hydrotherapy pool.

The facility will also have 400 car parking bays plus 100 bays for overflow. Community playing fields will be delivered by LandCorp.

For the Dockers there will be a medical/ sports science area, change rooms, rehab and gymnasium space, meeting rooms, a lecture theatre and space for the club’s retail centre.

There will also be car parking space and club administration facilities.

People with mobility difficulties will also be catered for with the design including ramps to the main pools for people in wheelchairs or with partial immobility, disabled toilets and change rooms and a motorised lift for access to the hydrotherapy pool.

Ramps and signage are also planned throughout the facility.

Bibra Lake resident Kane Horn said he was excited to see the centre up and going.

‘A lot of people, especially people who are disabled, can shy away from going to the gym, particularly if the equipment does not suit them,’ he said.

‘I’m sure when the centre is built there will be many people who will be excited to use it.’

Following a push by the Disability Reference Group, the City will open talks with the Wheelchair Sports Association (WSA) about playing games at the centre.

‘The City is very keen to have wheelchair sports develop a presence south of the river and we believe that our facility will be the ideal location for the sport to develop,’ Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said.

WSA chief executive Raymond Yong said the organisation would definitely consider the venue for future events.

‘Wheelchair Sports WA is always keeping a look out for venues which are able to accommodate the delivery of sporting, recreational and social opportunities for people with disabilities,’ he said.