CLOSE to $220 million could be spent over the coming 15 years as the City of Cockburn looks to ensure its sport and recreation facilities can cope with a growing population.
The City’s draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2017-2031 (CSRFP), which is out for public consultation until May 30, gives the council a framework to deliver new recreation centres, outdoor hard courts, libraries, cultural facilities and the like, and upgrade current ones where needed.
Overall expenditure in the draft is $218.4m. More than $68m of that will go towards new active sporting reserves, with specialised community centres likely to receive $56m.
There should be funding also for community centres, netball courts and skate parks.
Priority projects include a new hockey facility in South Lake, the Visko Park Bowling Club, a Hamilton Hill Community Centre feasibility study and a reserve and community centre design for Treeby.
In a report passed through en bloc by Cockburn councillors on April 13, a City officer said delivery of projects identified in the draft would be subject to the City’s position budget-wise.
“The overall expenditure outlined within the draft CSRFP over the course of 15 years is $218.4m, however a significant amount of external income has been identified to offset the overall expenditure,” the report said.
Developer contributions identified in the report amount to $93.1m, while grants from Lotterywest, the Department of Sport and Recreation and other sources totalled close to $39m.
Cockburn’s population is expected to grow to more than 147,000 in the coming decade.
To have your say on the plan, visit www.comment. cockburn.wa.gov.au before May 30.
Feedback will be incorporated into a follow-up report that should be presented to the City’s council meeting in July.
Reuben Delany-Dillon at Coolbellup Skate Park. More facilities like this could be on the cards over the next 15 years.