Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF)
The City is investigating the feasibility of, and funding opportunities for a Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF) for the City of South Perth.
The proposed RAF will be a premier health, fitness, wellness and recreation hub located at Collier Park Golf Course in the heart of the City of South Perth.
Setting a new benchmark in health, wellness and leisure, the RAF will be a unique socially inclusive destination where physical activity and lifestyle experiences meet.
Collier Park Golf Course will be retained as part of the RAF project, with both a traditional 18 hole course and a 9 hole short course included. The area adjacent to the existing club house will be remodelled to provide a double storey technology based driving range and an improved short game practice area. It will also include the mini-golf facility that is currently under development.
The RAF will include:
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- A feature climbing wall
- Indoor sports courts
- Treatment rooms
- Meeting and function rooms
- Café and restaurant
- Walking and cycling trails
- Picnic spaces.
Why a recreation and aquatic facility?
An aquatic facility has been under consideration for over a decade, with a number of polls, surveys, studies and reports indicating community support.
One of the key strategies within the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2020-2030 is to plan for and promote the development of recreation and aquatic facilities to service City of South Perth needs.
The community demand, along with the lack of indoor sporting facilities in the City and the need for the City to address the ongoing viability and long term use of George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC) and Collier Park Golf Course, has led the City to initiate the RAF project.
Conventional swimming pools can require ongoing financial subsidy to meet operational costs. The integration of a number of leisure, sporting and recreation facilities in a single venue increases the potential to attract external funding and provides economies of scale in service provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.
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 Federal Government was secured in April 2019 and additional partnership opportunities continue to be investigated. A range of key stakeholders have been 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
- Demonstrated financial self-sustainability now and in the future.
Stage 1: Project Definition and Business Case
The Stage 1 Project Team has been engaged and we are working with potential funding partners and sporting entities to review operational constraints and funding opportunities.
To allow Council with adequate time to consider the detailed business case, a report will now be presented to Council in November 2020, along with the analysis of the recent stakeholder and community feedback.
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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.