Cities of Kalamunda and Swan seek $26 million in Federal Goverment sports funding

The Growth Area Perth and Peel group is calling for Federal funding to help build outer metropolitan regional sports facilities.
The Growth Area Perth and Peel group is calling for Federal funding to help build outer metropolitan regional sports facilities.

THE cities of Kalamunda and Swan will seek $26 million from the Federal Government to improve sport facilities as part of a campaign by growth councils.

Nine outer metropolitan councils in the Growth Area Perth and Peel (GAPP) group launched the campaign for funds to build and upgrade major sporting precincts on July 11.

The City of Kalamunda wants $9 million to go towards an $18 million upgrade and expansion of facilities at Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie.

It identified the need and benefits of upgrading the regional level reserve and endorsed a master plan in 2015, acknowledging there was a shortage of active open space in the Hills region and the Ray Owen facilities faced growing demand.

The proposed upgrades would include four more indoor basketball or netball courts, replacing football and cricket turfs, upgrading power and water supplies, increasing parking and relocating a playground.

The City of Swan wants $17 million from the Federal Government to go towards a $50.2 million indoor leisure centre in Ellenbrook.

The proposal, which could save residents a 35-minute trip to indoor facilities in Midland, includes a 25m lap pool, leisure pool, learn-to-swim pool, multi-purpose ball courts, community facilities and a gymnasium.

The GAPP group includes the cities of Armadale, Canning, Cockburn, Gosnells, Wanneroo, Rockingham and Swan as well as the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.