Fa­cil­ity goal closer

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE City of Cock­burn’s $9.3 mil­lion Fran­k­land Park sports and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity in Ham­mond Park has been given a boost af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $1.5 mil­lion grant from the State Gov­ern­ment’s com­mu­nity sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties fund last week.

Cock­burn recre­ation man­ager Travis Moore said the City iden­ti­fied a lack of pub­lic open space in the Ham­mond Park area while de­vel­op­ing the draft com­mu­nity sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties plan.

“Cur­rently in Ham­mond Park there is only one AFL-size re­serve to cater for the grow­ing needs of the com­mu­nity, with pop­u­la­tion in the area ex­pected to dou­ble over the course of the next 20 years,” Mr Moore said.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of Fran­k­land Park will in­clude a clu­b­room/com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, two AFL­size ovals, park­ing and other sup­port­ing in­fras­truc­ture.”

Re­main­ing funds for the pro­ject would come from de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tions and the City’s mu­nic­i­pal fund, sub­ject to coun­cil ap­proval through the bud­get process.

Mayor Lo­gan Howlett wel­comed the fund­ing. He said com­mu­nity en­gage­ment dur­ing de­vel­op­ment of the City’s draft com­mu­nity sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties plan for the fa­cil­ity re­ceived strong sup­port, ev­i­denced by the grow­ing com­mu­nity in the lo­cal­ity.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, whose elec­torate in­cludes Ham­mond Park, said fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­ture was won­der­ful news for the peo­ple of Cock­burn.

“This fa­cil­ity will pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to en­gage in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide a vi­tal ser­vice in help­ing our com­mu­nity to stay healthy, both phys­i­cally and men­tally,” he said.

Plans for the Fran­k­land Park sports and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity have been given a boost.

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