Will the RAF definitely be going ahead?

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 to ensure that the RAF will be a financially sustainable consideration both now and into the future.

The City recognises that to rigorously examine the feasibility of such a facility, a detailed business plan needs to be developed to review a number of considerations including site selection. The business case will be submitted to Council by July 2019.

Where will the funding come from?

The City is seeking federal financial support in the lead up to the upcoming elections and additional partnership opportunities will be investigated. 

Conventional swimming pools require substantial ongoing financial subsidy to meet operational costs. The integration of a number of sporting and recreation facilities into a single integrated venue would provide economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational costs.

Further detail will be revealed with the completion of the feasibility study and business case.

We've been talking about needing a pool for years. Why are you doing more consultation now?

Our community have been talking about the need for a pool and other recreation facilities for a long time. Over the last fifteen years, more than a dozen studies, plans, polls and surveys have shown that our community supports improved recreation facilities within the City of South Perth, particularly an aquatic facility, gym and more indoor courts for sports like basketball and netball. This body of evidence, as well as feedback received through the City’s community visioning project, Vision2020, led to the inclusion of a strategy in our Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027, to plan for and promote the development of recreation and aquatic facilities to service community needs.

While previous feedback and consultation has been about the concept of having a pool within the City of South Perth, we now need to engage with our community specifically about this proposed RAF, which would be so much more than a pool.

Although this project is currently in its infancy and financial sustainability and partnership funding opportunities are the key focus of the feasibility study at this stage, the City would like to begin exploring our community's ideas and preferences for a RAF, to help inform the business case that will be presented to Council in July 2019.

Where can I find more information?

The most up to date and comprehensive information about the RAF project can be found on the City of South Perth website.

We will keep adding further information here on Your Say South Perth, including further opportunities to participate, as the stakeholder and community engagement progresses.

If you have questions about the project that aren’t answered here, contact the City on 9474 0777 or email enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au.

Will there be more stakeholder and community engagement?

Yes, we hope to have an ongoing conversation with our community and stakeholders here on Your Say South Perth as the project progresses. Future engagement will be determined based on the outcomes of other engagement activities and/or other parts of the project and will include other ways to engage with us.

At the moment, while the project is in the early stages, we would like to begin exploring our community's ideas and preferences for a RAF, to help inform the business case that will be presented to Council in July 2019.

Have a look at the 'How can I participate?' FAQ below to find out more.

How can I participate?

We'd love to hear your ideas, so first create a username and password for Your Say South Perth so you can participate in this online engagement. Registering only takes a moment and it means you can easily take part in future activities on this site and also be kept in the loop on this project.

Once you've registered, you can share your ideas for the RAF and participate in the quick poll to tell us if you're interested in having a RAF here in the City of South Perth. You can also read more about the project and sign up for email updates on the project (including future engagement opportunities).

If you have already registered, you can sign in here.

If you'd prefer not to participate online, you are welcome to submit your ideas the following ways:

What will happen to all the feedback received?

The feedback received during this engagement period will be analysed and summarised, to help inform the business case to be presented to Council in July 2019. The feedback will provide a range of ideas and preferences from our community of the features, facilities and amenities the RAF might have, how it might be used, and an overall indication of support for the project.

Do I need to register before I can participate?

Yes, in order to participate in the ideas brainstormer and to respond to the quick poll, you must be a registered user here on Your Say South Perth. Registration only takes a moment, and it will make participating in future projects and online engagement easier in the future.

If you have already registered, you can sign in here.

How do I use the ideas sharing tool?

Before you can add an idea or vote on anyone else's, you'll first have to create a username and password for Your Say South Perth. This only takes a moment and will make it much easier for you to participate in this and other projects in the future.

Once you've registered and you're logged in, go to the 'share your ideas' page and click on the box that says 'add your idea'. After that, write your idea along with a short description - you can even upload an image to go with it. Then click 'add idea' to submit. All done!

You can also 'vote' for your favourite ideas submitted by other people, which will give us an indication of our community's most popular ideas. To do this, simply click on the red heart in the bottom right corner of the idea that you like - but don't forget you need to be signed in on Your Say South Perth first.

I’m having trouble registering. Can I get some help?

Yes, if you are having any technical difficulties registering or using the website, email support@engagementhq.com.