THE Cities of Kalamunda and Swan have joined nine other metropolitan local governments to push the Federal government for more than $1 billion in funding to develop 12 major sporting precincts.
If successful, Ellenbrook and Kalamunda will reap the rewards, with the City of Swan seeking $17 million to develop the Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre and the City of Kalamunda asking for $18 million to advance the Ray Owen Reserve.
Announced on Wednesday, the group – dubbed Growth Areas Peel and Perth (GAPP) – comprising of the Cities of Armadale, Canning, Cockburn, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Kwinana, Mandurah, Rockingham, Swan and Wanneroo and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale – will ask the Federal Government to allocate $350 million to a special purpose account.
GAPP anticipated this will leverage a complementary investment of up to $700m from State Government, outer metropolitan Local Governments, and development contribution schemes.
GAPP spokesperson, City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracy Roberts, said that with a cap of $30 million on any one project, there would be sufficient funds to build the precincts over the next six years.
Mayor Roberts said all of Perth’s residents should have access to quality sport and recreation facilities.
“Seventy five per cent of Perth’s population growth is occurring in the outer metropolitan communities, and yet these communities have very few major sports facilities,” she said.
“We have lots of land identified on government plans that is waiting to be turned into high quality sports facilities.
“We want our residents to have the same opportunities as everyone else to become Olympic champions.”
In the case of the Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre, the total budget is $50.2 million, and as part of GAPP the City of Swan is seeking $17 million to jumpstart the project.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said there was a definite need for indoor sport space in the Ellenbrook area.
“Our vision is to see an indoor aquatic recreation centre built in Ellenbrook to service the residents in Ellenbrook and surrounding areas,” he said.
“There is a significant shortfall of indoor sport space across the area and this centre would address the increasing needs of a booming local population.”
The City of Kalamunda’s funding bid would see the completion of the Ray Owen Reserve upgrade, with the City seeking Federal funding of $9 million for the $18 million project.
The funding would go towards four additional indoor basketball/netball courts and supporting facilities ($7.4m), increased active reserve turf space ($1.4m), power and water supply upgrades ($3.5m), car parking and access improvements ($2.7m) and other infrastructure ($3m).
While he was unavailable for comment, Echo News understands that Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt is aware of the program and has given his in-principle support to GAPP.
For more information, go to www.gapp.org.au
By Liam Ducey