Craigie shap­ing up

LEISURE CEN­TRE SET FOR $2.7M REN­O­VA­TION

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

CRAIGIE Leisure Cen­tre’s $2.7 mil­lion stage one re­de­vel­op­ment is pro­ceed­ing to its de­sign phase.

Joon­dalup coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved pro­gress­ing the project to the de­tailed de­sign and ten­der stage at its meet­ing last week.

The re­fur­bish­ment will in­clude ex­tend­ing the gym and new in­door group fit­ness and cy­cling ar­eas, with con­struc­tion likely to start in 2019.

Though the 460sq m gym was con­sid­ered big­ger than av­er­age when it was built in 2005, it now op­er­ates at ca­pac­ity.

In 2015, the City re­viewed the health and fit­ness op­er­a­tions at its Craigie, Dun­craig and Heathridge leisure cen­tres and found Craigie could no longer meet the grow­ing needs of mem­bers un­less it un­der­went sig­nif­i­cant re­fur­bish­ment.

Pro­posed con­cept plans – es­ti­mated to cost $7.6 mil­lion – in­cluded a larger gym, group fit­ness, cy­cle and creche ar­eas, an out­door fit­ness train­ing area and rec­tan­gle play­ing sur­face with flood­lights, mov­ing the cafe out­doors, re­fur­bished chang­e­rooms, con­vert­ing the sec­ond level to use­able space and more car park space.

“A needs and fea­si­bil­ity study iden­ti­fied that phas­ing the project would en­able costs to be spread over sev­eral years to min­imise di­rect im­pact on the City’s re­sources,” a coun­cil doc­u­ment said.

“If this ap­proach was adopted, it is sug­gested the main in­come pro­duc­ing ar­eas are con­ducted as phase one.”

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the leisure in­dus­try had changed sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years and the City had to adapt to cur­rent and fu­ture trends.

“The gym and group fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties at Craigie are the main ar­eas which have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in re­spect to mem­ber­ship re­ten­tion and it’s vi­tal we con­tinue to of­fer our pa­trons world-class fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“Craigie cur­rently has in ex­cess of 3700 mem­bers... but we’d like to in­crease mem­ber­ship sig­nif­i­cantly.”

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