Community wins in $10.5m redevelopment of Ernest Johnson Reserve in South Perth

"Turning of the Sod" at Ernest Johnson Reserve with (L-R) City of South Perth CEO Geoff Glass, Jenni Hess (Rec Development Coordinator), Mayor Sue Doherty and Councillor Travis Burrows Picture: Marie Nirme d465734

COMMUNITY groups are set to benefit from the $10.5 million redevelopment of Ernest Johnson Reserve in South Perth.

City of South Perth representatives along with PACT Construction and architect Edwin Bollig gathered to turn the first soil on Tuesday.

The redevelopment will help the South Perth Junior Football Club, South Perth Cricket, the Rotary Club of South Perth Burswood and many others.

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The reserve’s six associated buildings are being redeveloped to better accommodate the needs of relevant sports clubs, community groups, the local community and the City.

The first stage of the project will cover the construction of new clubrooms, parking facilities and associated infrastructure. It is due for completion at the end of 2017.

The second stage involves civil works such as the demolition of existing buildings, oval works, and construction of sports facilities, playgrounds and social areas. These should be completed by June 2018.

A third stage, which is not yet funded, includes the refurbishment of the Como Bowling Club and installation of paths and fitness stations.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the turning of soil marked a milestone in what promised to be a fantastic project.

“We look forward to the opportunities the facility will bring to all residents in the City, in particular those in the South Perth area,” she said.