Chance for say on lo­cal sports

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

SPORT­ING clubs, stake­hold­ers and res­i­dents can have a say on the fu­ture of the age­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Pat O’Hara Re­serve and Mor­ley Sport and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre.

In 2017, the City of Bayswa­ter appointed Tred­well Man­age­ment to do a needs as­sess­ment re­port in con­sul­ta­tion with PerthBayswa­ter Rugby Union Club, East Perth Dis­trict Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, Mor­ley Scouts, Mor­ley Child Health Cen­tre, Olive Tree House, Rugby WA and Bas­ket­ball WA.

The De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries con­trib­uted $75,000 to the re­port.

The re­port made sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing a mas­ter plan to con­sider the current uses of the re­serve and fu­ture use and de­sign of nearby build­ings.

Rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude a new com­mu­nity hub or multi-pur­pose chang­e­rooms, two in­door courts south of the cen­tre, re­moval of cricket nets, the re­lo­ca­tion of rugby fields to the east, up­grades to in­fra­struc­ture, the re­moval of some ex­ist­ing build­ings and more park­ing lots.

Other rec­om­men­da­tions are mov­ing the child health cen­tre to the Welling­ton Road frontage and po­ten­tial re-pro­vi­sion of the Scout Hall within a shared com­mu­nity space.

The City and SGL Con­sult­ing Group are hold­ing two drop-in ses­sions – at Perth-Bayswa­ter’s clu­b­rooms on Au­gust 22 from 5.30-7.30pm and an­other at Olive Tree House on Au­gust 25 from 10am to noon.

A sur­vey is also avail­able on the En­gage Bayswa­ter web­site.

Mor­ley Scout Group leader Bar­bara Hunt said she was happy with the coun­cil’s sup­port over the years, but would like to keep the hall rather than re­lo­cat­ing to a com­mu­nity hall.

East Perth ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mario Macri said rede­vel­op­ment of the re­serve and cen­tre was needed to at­tract more chil­dren to bas­ket­ball.

“At the mo­ment there are three courts at Mor­ley rec cen­tre and the ac­cess we do get through The Rise in May­lands,” he said.

“Our view is that we would still need ex­tra, even with an­other two or three courts – it is not go­ing to meet the current de­mand.”

Mayor Dan Bull en­cour­aged peo­ple to the drop-in ses­sions to help the City de­velop a mas­ter plan.

“We’re keen to hear from the com­mu­nity on how we can make sure these fa­cil­i­ties suit their needs,” he said.

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