Tender awarded for renovation of Girrawheen sports pavilion

Dennis Cooley Pavilion in Girrawheen. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Dennis Cooley Pavilion in Girrawheen. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

WORK to renovate a sports pavilion in Girrawheen is expected to start next month after Wanneroo Council awarded a tender for the $1.06 million project.

Dennis Cooley Pavilion at Hudson Park will undergo a major renovation from a small clubroom with toilets to become a facility with two change rooms, first aid and umpire’s rooms, kiosk/kitchen, internal and external storage, universal access and public toilets.

The council awarded McCorkell Constructions the $1,015,850 construction tender at its September 24 meeting, with work to include bulk earthworks, retaining walls and fit out.

West Coast Cricket Club president Ryan Leonard said it was a fantastic project that would benefit the Girrawheen community.

“Sporting clubs provide lots of opportunities for people to socialise and keep active,” Mr Leonard said.

“My club has been playing in the local area for 26 years and it will be great to have this upgraded facility as our home base.”

Westside Steelers Gridiron Club, Balga Cricket Club, Greyhounds Christian Soccer Club, the Congolese Soccer Club Association and Vietnamese Culture Association are also among the community groups that use the facilities, which were built in the 1970s and 1980s.

The council approved the concept plan in September 2018 and received a $394,360 grant from the State Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund earlier this year.

Construction is expected to finish in winter 2020.

Other recent improvements included installation of floodlights, hard court upgrades, new path network and playground.

At the meeting, Councillor Brett Treby, who is up for re-election next month, said the City had invested a lot in upgrading the facility.

Cr Linda Aitken asked if there was any weighting for local businesses or businesses recruiting local residents.

Assets director Harminder Singh said under the existing procurement policy there was no weighting for that, although it was considered in the report.

Chief executive Daniel Simms said another report on the agenda about the purchasing policy review related to that.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the report noted the company employed 14 people who lived within the City.

Mrs Roberts later moved the recommendation to approve the updated purchasing policy, which included a ‘local economic benefit’ weighting criteria.

“Local means within the City’s boundaries,” she said.

The mayor, who is also up for re-election, said it sent a strong message the City supported businesses that chose to invest there.

Other changes put more emphasis on sustainable procurement practices, and getting contracts from disability enterprises and Aboriginal businesses, as well as changing the minimum threshold from $5000 to $10,000 for written quotations.

A new section supported waste prevention and buying recycled and environmentally sustainable products.

Councillors unanimously supported both recommendations.