Council cementing construction plans

A $3.5 million extension of a community centre above Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club is planned for construction in the next four years.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the original surf club was designed to allow the extension when there was a community need for it.

Mrs Roberts said the Coffey Commercial Advisory did a needs and feasibility study for the facility in 2010, holding two consultation events with representatives of several interested community groups.

Those included QMSLSC, Quinns Rocks and Mindarie playgroups, Quinns FC Soccer Club, the now vacant Quinns Rocks Caravan Park, Quinns Rocks Fishing Club, Women’s Health Works and Joondalup Youth Support Services.

‘The study assessed the need of an existing and emerging population in the primary catchment area (Clarkson, Merriwa, Mindarie, Tamala Park and Quinns Rocks) and concluded that further development of the facility was justified,’ she said.

‘It recognised that while not meeting all community needs in the area, the facility will provide a beneficial resource for local community groups, health and fitness opportunities and youth outreach work.

‘It will also provide a unique community function space, to complement current community provision in the primary catchment area which is unlikely to be met elsewhere.’

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Mrs Roberts said she recently met the QMSLSC committee and understood their concerns about increasing growth in the area.

The mayor said the City settled its sale of land at Fowey Loop in May 2013 and banked $1.8 million from it in the asset replacement reserve. ‘The extension is budgeted at $3.5 million (and) will be funded from the City’s asset replacement reserve,’ she said.

‘The City will also seek grant funding if available.’

Mrs Roberts said the project would be considered as part of the council’s 2015-16 budget for inclusion in the draft 10-year capital works program.

‘Based on the current 10-year capital works budget, detailed design of the project will occur in 2016-17, followed by construction in 2017-18 and 2018-19,’ she said.

Mrs Roberts said they would continue to work with the club to address issues, and the low ceiling of the mezzanine meant it was designed for storage only.

‘The minimum ceiling height required to be a habitable area as per Part F3.1 of the Building Code of Australia is 2.4m,’ she said.

‘In addition, the balustrade is only compliant with a storage area as it has an opening greater than 125mm.’