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 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 will be retained as part of the RAF project, with traditional 27 hole course facilities including shorter form golf. 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.

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.

Indicative concept designs

The following designs are indicative of how the RAF might look like should the project progress to the design stage.

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 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.

A report was presented to Council at the November 2020 meeting along with the Stakeholder Community Engagement Report, the Project Definition Plan (confidential - redacted version publicly available), Operational Feasibility Report (confidential) and Business Plan.

At the November Council Meeting, Elected Members approved the Business Plan for public comment and endorsed a financial commitment of $20 million to match $20 million already promised by the Federal Government. The City will now seek additional funding required in order to progress the project to the design phase.

Business Plan - have your say

To have your say on the RAF Business Plan visit Your Say South Perth.

Hard copies of the Business Plan are available to view during business hours at the Civic Centre and City’s libraries. Written submissions should be addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, City of South Perth Civic Centre, Cnr Sandgate St & South Tce, South Perth, WA 6151 or emailed to enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au.

Submissions on the RAF Business Plan close 5pm, Friday 22 January 2021.

News Listings

November 2020
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Have your say on the RAF Business Plan

News Update 27 November 2020

The RAF Business Plan is available for public comment until 5pm, Friday 22 January 2021.

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Proposal to enter into a major land transaction Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF)

Public Notice 27 November 2020

In accordance with section 3.59 of the Local Government Act 1995, the City of South Perth is seeking public submissions on the proposal to enter into a major land transaction through the construction and then operation of the Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF) in Como, Western Australia.

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RAF moves to next stage

News Update 25 November 2020

Councillors have given approval for the proposed Recreation Aquatic Facility (RAF) project to progress to the next stage of the future world class regional health, fitness and recreation centre.

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