City of Wanneroo push for sports facility funds

THE City of Wanneroo will seek $2.7 million from the State Government for seven sport and recreation sites.

The council decided on September 15 to apply through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund for funding to upgrade or build facilities.

Its first priority was about $480,000 for an amenities building and car park at Riverlinks Reserve in Clarkson, expected to cost $1.5 million.

A council report said the need for extra facilities was identified in 2013 due to population growth and demand from local sporting groups.

“There was also the need to alleviate pressure (in the form of high levels of ground usage) on other facilities in the area, in particular Gumblossom Reserve,” it said.

The second request is for $88,500 for a $265,000 floodlighting project at Shelvock Park, Koondoola, followed by almost $108,000 for a $323,000 floodlighting project at Lake Joondalup Park, Wanneroo.

The report said the active reserve master-planning process for the Central ward identified the need for floodlighting at the Wanneroo site.

“This project will give the City an opportunity to investigate the use of LED lighting on a sports ground for the first time,” it said.

A $373,000 multipurpose room extension at Gumblossom Reserve in Quinns Rocks ranked fourth, with the City seeking about $124,000 from the fund.

The report said Quinns Rocks Football Club (Quinns FC) requested upgrades including a 100sqm extension, fencing, floodlighting and spectator seating in 2014.

Fifth on the list is a request for about $76,000 for safety fencing at Pinjar Park, where Pinjar Motorcycle Club would cover the remaining $153,000 needed.

A $1.7 million proposal to provide floodlighting and an amenities building at Leatherback Park in Alkimos ranked sixth, with almost $563,000 sought.

The seventh request is for $1.27 million to build an amenities building and install floodlighting at Amberton Active Reserve in Eglinton, with that project estimated to cost $4.38 million.

“The active reserve comprises of two multipurpose playing fields accommodating senior AFL, cricket and rectangular playing fields and will be constructed by Stockland (the developer),” the report said.

“The developer has approached the City with a proposal to pre-fund the provision of large ball sports floodlighting (to a training level) and a sports amenities building to bring forward delivery of these facilities.”

Staff will report back to the council in March on the outcome of the funding applications.

The report said there would be public consultation on the Lake Joondalup Park project and clubs that used the other facilities had ongoing discussions with the City.