Open­ing dates up in the air

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

AN open­ing date for the Cock­burn Aquatic and Recre­ation Cen­tre (ARC) re­mains un­con­firmed, but the Au­bin Grove train sta­tion re­mains on track to launch as sched­uled.

Eight weeks ago it was re­vealed the pub­lic would have to wait un­til at least April to use the $109 mil­lion ARC, built at Cock­burn Cen­tral West.

While there has been no date locked in, Cock­burn recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Rob Avard said the open­ing should be in May.

“Both the of­fi­cial open­ing of the build­ing and open­ing to the pub­lic will be held to­ward the end of May,” he said.

“The ac­tual date of open­ing needs to be agreed with the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment, which con­trib­uted funds to­wards the project.”

The City of Cock­burn se­cured $10 mil­lion for the project from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Fund.

“The fa­cil­ity will be open with all works com­pleted and fa­cil­i­ties avail­able,” Mr Avard said.

“The build­ing works are sub­stan­tially com­plete, with some ex­ter­nal works to be fin­ished off.

“Cur­rently, fur­ni­ture and equip­ment are be­ing in­stalled and staff are be­ing trained in the op­er­a­tion of the com­plex equip­ment re­quired to op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity.”

Across town, the Au­bin Grove sta­tion is on sched­ule to open in April. For­mer Jan­dakot MLA Joe Fran­cis said in Jan­uary the sta­tion, con­structed on the Man­durah line about 3.5km south of Cock­burn Cen­tral, would open on April 23.

De­spite a change of gov­ern­ment af­ter the March 11 State Elec­tion, the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity (PTA) is con­fi­dent the sta­tion launch will not change.

“Au­bin Grove Sta­tion will open to the pub­lic on April 23,” a PTA spokes­woman said.

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