Advisory group on the ball

Darrell Jones (front), with Mary Ball, Stewart Winfield, Wendy Howard, Mike Wilkinson and Fiona Malloch looking on. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d406676
Darrell Jones (front), with Mary Ball, Stewart Winfield, Wendy Howard, Mike Wilkinson and Fiona Malloch looking on. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d406676

Formed this year, the Mundaring Recreation Centre Advisory Committee is made up of Cr Darryl Jones, representatives from local sporting clubs and the Mundaring Residents and Ratepayers Association.

The committee will work with an architect to develop concept plans, which will provide an estimate of the capital and operating costs for the proposed facility.

Once the shire has a figure to build the facility, which could be up to $10 million, the council will decide whether the project will go ahead.

The Minister for Sport and Recreation recently confirmed a pre-election commitment of $3 million towards the project had been included in forward estimates.

The member for Swan Hills Frank Alban said the commitment was a great outcome for Mundaring and Swan Hills.

‘This isn’t just going to benefit our basketballers, but our hockey players, netballers and their families’ Mr Alban said.

‘These upgrades will ensure that Mundaring Sport and Recreation Complex will have new undercover courts and modernised amenities.’

More than 2000 people use the Mundaring Sport and Recreation Complex every week.

Shire President Helen Dullard said estimated running costs of more than $250,000 a year would also need to be considered by the council.

‘While we welcome the |$3 million from the State Government that becomes available in 2014-15 and 2015-16, it may be less than half of the total capital required,’ she said.

‘If construction hasn’t commenced or contracts (haven’t been) awarded by July 1, 2015, when the new local government is to be in place, it will be (the new council’s) decision whether to proceed.’