Wanneroo Council initiates feasibility study to redevelop Wanneroo Recreation Centre


Wanneroo Recreation Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Wanneroo Recreation Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A CAFE, bus link and cycling education facility are among the ideas suggested for redevelopment of the Wanneroo Recreation Centre and surrounding area.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts presented a motion on notice at the September 18 council meeting to investigate redevelopment options.

Her ideas included improving public transport options, such as having a central area transit bus link to the town centre.

She also suggested developing cafe or restaurant facilities, perhaps as a second storey, and kiosk facilities.

Mrs Roberts said it was “an iconic building” in a strategic location.

“We could look at a second storey with restaurants watching the sunset over the lake,” she said.

“We could have state-of- the-art technology that showcases local wildlife.”

Mrs Roberts also suggested a study could look at opportunities to develop a cycling education facility and improving the links between the centre and play space.

Other aspects of the study would look at enhancing the basketball court, providing a bigger meeting space, increasing storage space for regular hirers, creating an environmental centre and introducing Noongar cultural education opportunities.

Councillor Dot Newton said there had been talk of establishing an environment centre around the lake for the past 20 years.

Cr Newton said there was plenty of land east of the building that could be developed without encroaching on Yellagonga Regional Park.

Councillors unanimously supported the motion to do a feasibility study, which is expected to cost $50,000.