Support for proposed Recreation and Aquatic Facility

News Update 30 January 2019

The City is investigating the feasibility and funding opportunities for a Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF) for the City of South Perth and surrounding area.

To date, preliminary discussions with Federal and State Government, state sporting bodies and local clubs and schools have been positive with stakeholders indicating their support for the proposed facility that would include an aquatic centre with a mix of other sporting and leisure services which are still to be determined.
One of the key strategies within the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027 is to: plan for and promote the development of recreation and aquatic facilities to service community needs.

The current lack of indoor sporting facilities in the City, along with the need to determine the ongoing viability and long term use of George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC), Collier Park Golf Course and Richardson Reserve, and the strong community desire for an aquatic centre has led the City to initiate the RAF feasibility project.

The prospect of an aquatic facility within the City has been under consideration for some years, with a number of studies, reports and submissions prepared and received.

Conventional swimming pools require substantial ongoing financial subsidy to meet operational costs. The integration of a number of sporting and recreation facilities into a single integrated venue would provide economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs. 

Based on peak industry sporting body Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) guidelines, the size of the City’s population warrants a regional multipurpose sports and leisure facility. 

The potential for this project to proceed will be based on a number of factors including (but not limited to) being able to achieve economies of scale by rationalising facilities in the City and the attraction of appropriate levels of funding from Government and the commercial sector.

At this stage, facilities under consideration include: 

  • Aquatic centre
  • Health club
  • Indoor hardcourt stadium
  • Community meeting/function centre
  • Common facilities, creche, cafe, retail
  • Golf/external facilities
  • Commercial integrated, office and allied health service

For more information visit the RAF project page on the City's website.

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