CONSTRUCTION has begun on the $109 million aquatic and recreation facility that will be the home of the Fremantle Dockers at Cockburn Central West.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett joined Fremantle officials, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies and Premier Colin Barnett to turn the first sod this morning.
With all the planning and site preparation out of the way, Mr Howlett said it was an exciting time.
�After four years of planning, the community will now see construction progress and the design transform into one of the best sport and community integrated facilities in Australia,� he said.
The facility will include swimming and hydrotherapy pools, multipurpose courts, ovals, sports medicine facilities, water slides, and picnic areas.
The City will contribute $72.85m to build the complex. The Dockers will put in $12.7 million for the elite training and administration facility.
The Federal Government has offered $10 million and the State Government $12.4 million.
Curtin University will put in $1 million.
The facility should be finished by April 2017.