An­tic­i­pa­tion builds for project

WORKS PUSH ON IN 2016

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

WITH a $109 mil­lion sport and recre­ation cen­tre at its heart, Cockburn Cen­tral West (CCW) could be Cockburn’s most an­tic­i­pated project.

The fa­cil­ity, a part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Cockburn, Fre­man­tle Dock­ers, Curtin Univer­sity and State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, will in­clude out­door and in­door pools, wa­ter­slides, re­cov­ery pools and a wa­ter play­ground.

There will be train­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­i­ties for the Dock­ers, a sports shop, com­mu­nity func­tion spa­ces and an AFL-stan­dard oval.

Those keen to take ad­van­tage of what will be a world class fa­cil­ity should not have too long to see things take shape.

The fa­cil­ity is 15 per cent com­plete af­ter six months of work fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony in July.

Cockburn’s recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Rob Avard said works were set to ramp next year. “The build­ing will be sub­stan­tially com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2016,” he said.

“By mid-2016 the pools will be in the ground, the roof of the build­ing will be on and the oval will have a very good cover of grass.”

Mr Avard said builder Brook­field Mul­ti­plex is con­tracted to hand the build­ing over to the City in March 2017.

“With fi­nal fit-out and com­mis­sion­ing, the City expects the build­ing to be open to the pub­lic in early to mid-2017,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to the recre­ational fa­cil­ity, more than 1000 apart­ments for more than 2000 res­i­dents will also be built at CCW.

Land will be re­leased sub­ject to de­mand, with Landcorp’s gen­eral man­ager for the met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion Luke Will­cock telling the Gazette: “CCW will be a 10 to 15-year project, with de­vel­op­ment ini­tially fo­cused around the recre­ation fa­cil­ity as well as the ex­ist­ing Cockburn Cen­tral Town Cen­tre de­vel­op­ment.”

Stage one civil works be­gan in Au­gust and should be fin­ished by April.

It in­cludes 12 lots, roads and land­scap­ing to com­ple­ment the Cockburn Cen­tral town cen­tre.

A sig­nif­i­cant amount of reveg­e­ta­tion and na­ture play equip­ment will be in­stalled in and around the ex­ist­ing wet­land.

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An artist’s im­pres­sion of the fu­ture Cockburn Cen­tral West project’s sta­dium.

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