Write-off will cost coun­cil $3.3m

ED­U­CA­TION DE­PART­MENT TO GET LEISURE CEN­TRE

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn is set to write off $3.3 mil­lion on the South Lake Leisure Cen­tre.

Clo­sure of the 25-year-old fa­cil­ity should co­in­cide with the open­ing of the city’s $109m recre­ation cen­tre at Cock­burn Cen­tral West in early 2017.

The city has al­lo­cated $200,000 to de­com­mis­sion the fa­cil­ity on South Lake Drive, with the build­ing likely to be gifted to the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors be­fore June’s bud­get meet­ing said mak­ing that move would mean the city would need to write off the re­main­ing value of the as­set, which is about $3.3m.

A draft deed of agree­ment for the han­dover has been ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the two par­ties, with the coun­cil yet to for­mally ac­cept it.

Cock­burn’s fi­nance and cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Stu­art Down­ing said the move would not have an im­pact on the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the coun­cil.

“The write-off is non-cash and will not im­pact on the de­liv­ery of any ser­vice or cap­i­tal pro­ject,” he said. As first re­ported in the Gazette last year, Lake­lands Se­nior High School will use part of the fa­cil­ity to ac­com­mo­date its grow­ing stu­dent num­bers, which have been boosted by the ad­di­tion of Year 7 stu­dents in re­cent years.

The de­part­ment is un­likely to con­tinue to op­er­ate the aquatic fa­cil­ity.

Cock­burn’s recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Rob Avard said the city would re­move all haz­ardous equip­ment to leave the build­ing and the ex­ter­nal ar­eas in a safe and us­able state.

The South Lake com­plex was opened in 1991 as a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the city and Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment.

Cock­burn ARC will be con­sid­er­ably larger with heated pools, wa­ter slides, spas, mul­ti­ple sports courts, a gym and sep­a­rate fit­ness stu­dios, spe­cial­ist com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and a cafe.

The Fre­man­tle Dock­ers will also call the new fa­cil­ity home.

The South Lake Leisure Cen­tre will be de­com­mis­sioned.

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