Sports ex­pan­sion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

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, visit­ment. cock­ 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.

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