Centre changes flagged

The project is estimated to cost almost $9 million, of which the City of Joondalup will contribute $2.3 million, after an agreement made at a council meeting earlier this month.

The Churches of Christ Sport and Recreation Association (CCSRA), which manages the community element of the facility (meeting and function rooms and studios) for a fee, requested the City contribute $2.2 million.

However, at the council briefing, corporate services director Mike Tidy said the City could donate $2.3 million and in exchange, the agreement to pay CCSRA to manage part of the facility would end on June 30, 2014.

The City also pays for a deficit in the community element, but this will also end on June 30.

Mr Tidy said this would have ‘benefits for both organisations’.

‘We would have a net saving and it is a clean break from the current arrangement,’ he said.

He said a feasibility study had found ‘a significant need for traditional indoor courts in the area’ but CCSRA would still need to submit development applications, a clearing permit for a ‘very small area of bushland’ and other approvals.

‘There is some environmentally sensitive bushland surrounding that facility,’ Mr Tidy said of the Bush Forever site.