Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF)
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.
The RAF would include an aquatic centre with a mix of other sporting and leisure services which are still to be determined.
Why a recreation and aquatic facility?
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.
The feasibility project will involve engagement with external organisations within and adjacent to the City, including Curtin University, to explore partnership opportunities.
For the project to progress, funding partners need to be identified.
A financial commitment of $20 million from the Coalition Government was secured on 17 April 2019 in the lead up to the 2019 federal elections and additional partnership opportunities will be investigated. A range of key stakeholders will be engaged to determine the level of support to ensure that the RAF will be a financially sustainable consideration both now and into the future.
The potential for this project to proceed will be based on a number of factors including (but not limited to):
- The attraction of appropriate levels of funding from Government and the commercial sector
- Being able to achieve economies of scale and reduce the requirement to develop duplicate facilities.
The City recognises that to rigorously examine the feasibility of such a facility, a detailed feasibility/business plan needs to be developed. The business plan will be submitted to Council by August 2019.
Due to the strong additional funding opportunities it offers, the City has identified Collier Park Golf Course in Como as the preferred site for the RAF. The central and highly accessible location has links to a large population base which is essential for the viability of such a facility. Additionally, using an existing City asset will reduce both the economic and environmental costs.
In reviewing potential locations, existing City assets which could accommodate or integrate with the RAF were considered. Six sites were shortlisted; Collier Reserve, the City of South Perth Recycling Centre, the City of South Perth Recycling Centre and Operations Centre, Collier Park Golf Course (north of the existing club house), George Burnett Leisure Centre and Collier Park Golf Course South East Corner.
Each site was evaluated and assessed based on factors including, but not limited to; available space, funding partnership opportunities, traffic management, accessibility to main roads, public transport and bike lanes/paths. The selected sites were further reduced to Collier Park Golf Course (north of the clubhouse) or George Burnett Leisure Centre, with the Golf Course site preferred due to the funding opportunities available at that site.
How do I find out more?
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A premier regional recreation and aquatic facility that serves the City of South Perth and Curtin University extending to areas within the Town of Victoria Park and the City of Canning, providing economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.
The RAF will go beyond sport, recreation and aquatics. It will be:
- A unique and vibrant social hub where physical activity and lifestyle experiences meet
- A place for community, sport and education partnerships
- A dynamic destination and meeting place that connects communities
- A leading centre for sport education and research
- An economically efficient and financially viable multi-purpose facility
- A social space for every member of the community, accessible to all abilities and age groups.