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, wellness 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 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. 

Feasibility

Before a business case could be considered, it was necessary to identify potential funding partners. The feasibility stage involved engagement with external organisations within and adjacent to the City, including Curtin University, to explore partnership opportunities. 

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 were investigated. A range of key stakeholders were engaged to determine the level of support to ensure that the RAF could be a financially sustainable consideration both now and into the future.

The potential for this project to proceed is 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 within the City.

The City recognises that to rigorously examine the feasibility of such a facility, a detailed business case needs to be developed.

Site selection

Due to the strong additional funding opportunities it offers, the City 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 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.

Following the feasibility stage and site selection, we have now moved to Stage 1: Project Definition and Business Case.

Stage 1: Project Definition and Business Case

The Project Definition and Business Case Stage will run for seven months and will be presented to Council in October 2020.

To date we have engaged the Stage 1 Project Team and we are working with potential funding partners and sporting entities to review operational constraints and funding opportunities.

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A premier regional recreation, aquatic, health and educational 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.