New sports reserve opened at Florida Beach

Dawesville MLA Kim Hames, head girl Sarah Smith, principal Ben Findlay and Mayor Marina Vergone at the opening.
Dawesville MLA Kim Hames, head girl Sarah Smith, principal Ben Findlay and Mayor Marina Vergone at the opening.

A BRAND new sports reserve is open at Florida Beach for students, sporting clubs and the community.

Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and Dawesville MLA Kim Hames opened the Ocean Road Active Reserve and Waste Water Reuse Project on Friday.

The project has delivered an environmentally sustainable water supply for the irrigation of the two primary school ovals and created a new, two-hectare active reserve.

Ocean Road Primary School previously struggled to maintain the oval due to a saline water supply but the City of Mandurah overcame the ground water challenges by using water waste from the Caddadup Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The water is treated underground through the natural soil and extracted via bores for re-use.

The overall project not only secured a sustainable water supply but developed the oval into a community sized, reticulated active reserve.

The project was made possible by an investment through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions 2013-14 Regional Grants Scheme ($1,590,000) and a grant from the Peel Development Commission ($258,500).

Contributions were also made by the Department of Education ($140,000) and Saint Damien’s Catholic Primary School ($40,000).

The City has also entered into a shared use agreement with the Department of Education for the use of the reserve in which students will have priority access during school hours, and the community has access after school and weekends.

The City also has a water supply agreement with Saint Damien’s Catholic PS to provide water for its school oval at a reduced rate to their current water arrangements.

Peel Development Commission chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said sport and recreation played a pivotal role in connecting people to the wider community, enriching lives and having a positive impact on physical and mental well-being.