New courts plan for park

Joondalup City councillors at their meeting last Tuesday, requested concept plans be developed for the $2 million project after community consultation indicated strong support.

The plans are to include the removal of outdoor storage sheds and a tennis shelter to be consolidated into the new multi-purpose community sporting facility.

It will replace the clubrooms and concrete basketball courts with a three-on-three basketball pad and replacement of the cricket practice nets.

At the previous week’s council briefing session, Cr John Chester raised concerns about flooding near the current clubrooms.

He wondered if this would be an issue for the new facility and asked why two basketball courts were being replaced with only one three-on-three pad.

City corporate services director Mike Tidy said if the new facility was to go in a similar location, drainage would need to be investigated and the proposal for only one basketball pad was based on use of the current courts.

Mayor Troy Pickard also asked what was proposed for the two tennis courts but Mr Tidy said they had not been listed. Chief executive Garry Hunt said they had recently been resurfaced and were in ‘reasonable shape’.

An amendment was made to consider the tennis courts in the concept plan, which councillors approved at the council meeting.

Cr Chester said the park upgrade was ‘very much required’ as the clubrooms were built in 1975.

‘Having that roadway through the middle of the facility is really quite counterproductive because it cuts off the community centre clubrooms from the major playing fields,’ he said.

The project is listed for the 2015-16 financial year with $240,000 listed in 2014-15 for the detailed design and tender documentation.