Recreation and Aquatic Facility

The City of South Perth is investigating funding opportunities and the feasibility of a recreation and aquatic facility (RAF) for the City of South Perth and surrounding area.

Imagine a modern and innovative regional recreation, aquatic and leisure complex that is so much more than a pool. It is a unique and vibrant social hub here in the City of South Perth, where physical activity, wellbeing and lifestyle experiences meet. It is an integrated and multi-use facility that is accessible to all abilities and age groups.

Thanks to everyone who gave us so many great ideas for the RAF using our online ideas hub. Check out the range of ideas and the number of likes below!

The City is continuing to investigate funding options and the feasibility of a RAF and will be back in touch with the community in due course.

In the meantime, to find out more:

The City of South Perth is investigating funding opportunities and the feasibility of a recreation and aquatic facility (RAF) for the City of South Perth and surrounding area.

Imagine a modern and innovative regional recreation, aquatic and leisure complex that is so much more than a pool. It is a unique and vibrant social hub here in the City of South Perth, where physical activity, wellbeing and lifestyle experiences meet. It is an integrated and multi-use facility that is accessible to all abilities and age groups.

Thanks to everyone who gave us so many great ideas for the RAF using our online ideas hub. Check out the range of ideas and the number of likes below!

The City is continuing to investigate funding options and the feasibility of a RAF and will be back in touch with the community in due course.

In the meantime, to find out more:

  • City welcomes Coalition commitment for Recreation and Aquatic Facility

    6 months ago

    Media release - Wednesday 17 April 2019

    The City of South Perth has today welcomed an election commitment of $20 million from the Coalition Government for a Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF) to be located within the City.

    Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Member for Swan Steve Irons MP made the announcement on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at Collier Park Golf Course in Como, the preferred site for the RAF.

    The substantial commitment from the Coalition enables the City to progress this exciting community project to deliver a facility that will include an aquatics centre, indoor sporting courts, leisure services...

    Media release - Wednesday 17 April 2019

    The City of South Perth has today welcomed an election commitment of $20 million from the Coalition Government for a Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF) to be located within the City.

    Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Member for Swan Steve Irons MP made the announcement on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at Collier Park Golf Course in Como, the preferred site for the RAF.

    The substantial commitment from the Coalition enables the City to progress this exciting community project to deliver a facility that will include an aquatics centre, indoor sporting courts, leisure services and community facilities.

    While the detailed business plan is being prepared, the City will continue to partner with government and private sector partners including Curtin University and peak sporting bodies to secure further funding and develop the project.

    “The City of South Perth warmly welcomes today’s announcement from the Coalition Government. I extend my sincere thanks to the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg as well as local Member for Swan Steve Irons MP who has been instrumental in assisting the City over many years to secure this major commitment,” City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty said.

    “This significant funding gives the City the confidence to move forward with the Recreation and Aquatic Facility project to create a true community facility that will service our local community members as well as those from neighbouring local governments and the Curtin University staff and student population.

    “There is strong community support for an aquatics centre in the City of South Perth and the prospect of a swimming pool within the City has been under consideration for some years. 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.

    “Currently twelve out of 15 local schools travel at least 6km outside the City to participate in swimming lessons, school carnivals and general learn to swim programs. Additionally an aquatic facility would address swimming class waiting lists for babies through to adults, and offer hydrotherapy pools which are particularly needed by senior members of the community and those undergoing rehabilitation.”

    Mr Irons said the RAF was a key priority for the Coalition because of the significant benefits for the local community.

    “The South Perth community is growing and requires the best facilities to meet the local’s needs,” he said.

    “The Morrison Liberal Government understands this and will deliver a new regional-scale facility in the Curtin University Precinct that can be used by the whole community.

    “Over the past year I have worked closely with the City of South Perth and stakeholders to develop the concept and plans further. A re-elected Morrison Government will deliver the funding which will enable the City of South Perth to start building this facility for the community.”

    The RAF will combine a number of sporting and recreation facilities into a single integrated venue to provide economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.

    The City is currently developing a detailed feasibility/business plan and the business plan is expected to be submitted to Council by July 2019.

  • Recreation and Aquatic Facility

    10 months ago

    The prospect of an aquatic facility within the City of South Perth has been under consideration for some years, with a number of studies, reports and submissions prepared and received. One of the key strategies in 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. In light of this previous work and a desire to develop a functional and financially viable facility, the City has initiated the Recreational and Aquatic Facility (RAF) feasibility study.

    The City has identified a gap in the recreational facilities available to the community in relation to the population, the size of which warrants a regional multipurpose sports and leisure facility based on Peak industry sporting body, Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) guidelines.

    An assessment undertaken in 2015 indicated that a conventional swimming pool, while publicly supported, would require substantial ongoing financial subsidy to meet operational costs.

    The opportunity to integrate a number of sporting and recreation facilities into a single integrated venue will provide economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.

    For the project to progress, funding partners need to be identified. Federal financial support will also be sought in the lead up to the upcoming elections and additional partnership opportunities will be investigated. A range of key stakeholders will be engaged to determine the level of support and to ensure that the RAF will be a financially sustainable consideration both now and into the future.

    Part of the study will involve engagement with external organisations within and adjacent to the City, including Curtin University, to explore partnership opportunities.

    At the 2018 October Council meeting, the Council resolved to support further project research, start formal stakeholder engagement and commit to consultation with the community. It is anticipated that this will take place in early 2019.

    To be kept up to date on the progress of this project including future engagement opportunities, please register your email address using the online form.

    Further details about the project can be found on the City's website.

    The prospect of an aquatic facility within the City of South Perth has been under consideration for some years, with a number of studies, reports and submissions prepared and received. One of the key strategies in 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. In light of this previous work and a desire to develop a functional and financially viable facility, the City has initiated the Recreational and Aquatic Facility (RAF) feasibility study.

    The City has identified a gap in the recreational facilities available to the community in relation to the population, the size of which warrants a regional multipurpose sports and leisure facility based on Peak industry sporting body, Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) guidelines.

    An assessment undertaken in 2015 indicated that a conventional swimming pool, while publicly supported, would require substantial ongoing financial subsidy to meet operational costs.

    The opportunity to integrate a number of sporting and recreation facilities into a single integrated venue will provide economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.

    For the project to progress, funding partners need to be identified. Federal financial support will also be sought in the lead up to the upcoming elections and additional partnership opportunities will be investigated. A range of key stakeholders will be engaged to determine the level of support and to ensure that the RAF will be a financially sustainable consideration both now and into the future.

    Part of the study will involve engagement with external organisations within and adjacent to the City, including Curtin University, to explore partnership opportunities.

    At the 2018 October Council meeting, the Council resolved to support further project research, start formal stakeholder engagement and commit to consultation with the community. It is anticipated that this will take place in early 2019.

    To be kept up to date on the progress of this project including future engagement opportunities, please register your email address using the online form.

    Further details about the project can be found on the City's website.