By Breanna Inferrera
FORRESTFIELD MLA Stephen Price has called on METRONET to undertake a business case for a community facility and aquatic centre in the foothills as part of planning for METRONET East.
Mr Price said it is important work is done in the early stages of planning so land can potentially be reserved.
“I’m aware that planning work is now underway and the release for community consultation of the METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme by DevelopmentWA is imminent,” he said.
“This will be followed by specific consultation on the High Wycombe Station Precinct to establish a vision potentially including a concept of a mixed-use neighbourhood focused around the station, inclusive of commercial, retail and community-based development.
“So, a business case for a community facility and aquatic centre is timely.”
Mr Price said he has recently received positive feedback on a community facility and aquatic centre through doorknocking.
“We are going to be undertaking a community survey in the near future to re-establish the level of support that’s out there for this,” he said.
“There’s a strong desire for the foothills to have a facility that’s family friendly, something that we can go and spend the day at that’s within the City limits, as opposed to having to travel outside to do stuff.
“As it currently stands people have to travel to Midland, Belmont or Cannington if they want to go to an aquatic centre.
“It’s just not having anything locally, that has really been the drive.”
High Wycombe resident Sandra Devine, who has two children, Thomas and Mitchell, said her family would make great use of these facilities.
“Schools in the area would be able to use it for swimming lessons, which would be a massive cost saving.
“We’ve also got the lifestyle village who would be able to utilise it for aerobics.
“It would be awesome for the seniors to have something just down the road.
“I think if there’s an opportunity you’ve really got to take it, it’s something our community should be pushing for.”