New priorities for sporting upgrades

Councillors at last month’s meeting voted to increase the priority of upgraded toilets and changerooms, storage area and a new kiosk at Santiago Park from 10 to one, when considering the 2014 active reserve and community facility review.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the Joondalup Little Athletics Club had approached the City to be relocated out of Arena Joondalup because there were often disruptions in season.

‘Last year the City and VenuesWest spent some funds at Santiago Park to build three throwing circles and improve the long jump pit and the club has indicated they would like to move there on a permanent basis so they’re not exposed to any dislocation effects following any concerts being held at the Arena,’ he said.

He said the toilet block at Santiago Park was ‘fairly aged’ and the storage area needed to be expanded.

He said increasing the priority would not make a decision to proceed, but would ‘focus the administration’s energy on that particular park in the first instance’.

The review, last undertaken in 2011, included the City’s 62 active reserves and 41 community facilities and recommended and prioritised those requiring upgrades.

It identified 13 active reserves, heavily utilised in winter, to be monitored to ensure they were not overused and to mitigate detrimental effects to the playing surface.

The review listed 10 active reserves for new or upgraded toilets and changerooms, five for sports infrastructure and 20 for floodlighting.

It also listed 13 community facilities for refurbishment and 12 for redevelopment.

The 2014 active reserve and community facility review will be used in the development of the City’s five-year capital works program and 20 year strategic financial plan.