Recreation and Aquatic Facility

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At the Special Council Meeting held on Monday 15 March, Council approved the Recreation and Aquatic Facility Business Plan and authorised the CEO to sign the $20 million Federal Government grant funding for the project. See project updates below for more details.

At the November Council Meeting, Elected Members gave approval for the proposed Recreation Aquatic Facility (RAF) project to progress to the next stage. They endorsed the RAF Business Plan for public comment and approved a financial commitment of $20 million to match the $20 million already promised by the Federal Government.

The public comment period for the RAF Business Plan was open between 27 November 2020 and 22 January 2021 and has now closed. The feedback will now be analysed and a report presented to Council at the February 2021 Council meeting.

Picture this near you… a premier aquatic, health, wellness and recreation hub located at Collier Park Golf Course in the heart of the City of South Perth and easily accessible from Town of Victoria Park and City of Canning. 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.

You asked, we listened

For over a decade, 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.

As a result of community feedback, one of the key strategies in the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2020-2030 is to plan for and promote the development of recreation and aquatic facilities to service community needs. We are working to make this happen.

Council will determine whether to endorse the detailed business case at the October meeting. To make an informed decision, they will need to understand the level of stakeholder and community interest in and support for the project.

Complete the online survey for your chance to win one of five $100 Coles/Myer vouchers*.

We need your feedback – here’s how you can get involved:

Feedback closed at 4pm, Wednesday 23 September 2020.

* If you completed the RAF survey before 4pm on Wednesday 10 September and wish to enter the prize draw, please email enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au. Your details will only be used for the purpose of the prize draw.

At the Special Council Meeting held on Monday 15 March, Council approved the Recreation and Aquatic Facility Business Plan and authorised the CEO to sign the $20 million Federal Government grant funding for the project. See project updates below for more details.

At the November Council Meeting, Elected Members gave approval for the proposed Recreation Aquatic Facility (RAF) project to progress to the next stage. They endorsed the RAF Business Plan for public comment and approved a financial commitment of $20 million to match the $20 million already promised by the Federal Government.

The public comment period for the RAF Business Plan was open between 27 November 2020 and 22 January 2021 and has now closed. The feedback will now be analysed and a report presented to Council at the February 2021 Council meeting.

Picture this near you… a premier aquatic, health, wellness and recreation hub located at Collier Park Golf Course in the heart of the City of South Perth and easily accessible from Town of Victoria Park and City of Canning. 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.

You asked, we listened

For over a decade, 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.

As a result of community feedback, one of the key strategies in the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2020-2030 is to plan for and promote the development of recreation and aquatic facilities to service community needs. We are working to make this happen.

Council will determine whether to endorse the detailed business case at the October meeting. To make an informed decision, they will need to understand the level of stakeholder and community interest in and support for the project.

Complete the online survey for your chance to win one of five $100 Coles/Myer vouchers*.

We need your feedback – here’s how you can get involved:

Feedback closed at 4pm, Wednesday 23 September 2020.

* If you completed the RAF survey before 4pm on Wednesday 10 September and wish to enter the prize draw, please email enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au. Your details will only be used for the purpose of the prize draw.

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    Was the location for the RAF ever considered to be adjacent to George Burnett centre? That facility and surrounding areas are under utilised and it makes much more sense to utilise this facility rather than start building new ones and destroying the golf course. I go every week to the golf course and see that is almost operating at capacity!! I haven’t seen anyone using the mini golf during school terms!! I fear that that will be the case with the RAF.

    msalasi asked 5 months ago

    Hi there. Thanks for your question. The George Burnett Leisure Centre site, amongst others, was considered in the early stages of the project. The Collier Park Golf site was selected as the preferred location after an in depth study identified it as the most appropriate and financially viable location.

    The mini golf is catering for the growing demand for more engaging, shorter format recreation activities. It is designed to appeal to new players by broadening the golf offering and will contribute to the diversity and long term financial viability of Collier Park Golf as identified in the Mini Golf Business Plan

    For a number of years the community has requested and demonstrated the need for aquatic facilities with the City of South Perth and this is further supported by the RAF stakeholder and community engagement in 2020.

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    I see a reference in the press to the provision of a potential need for 3 to 8 basketball courts in the facility. Is there any plan yet defining how many courts there will be in each space? I'm involved in competitive roller skating, and we could make good use of a 3 court floor (as at Herb Graham and Kingsway recreation centres)

    PeterR asked 7 months ago

    Hello and thanks for your question. The current proposal for the RAF includes a multipurpose indoor sporting centre with 6-8 sports courts and integrated show courts. The number of designated basketball courts in the facility and other sport usage of the courts is still be considered and subject to a number of factors, including finalisation of the project scope and funding from State government and commercial parties. Your response and requirements will be considered along with other feedback as part of the next phase of the project in detailed design.

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    I noticed a question by Mr Vatsal that has ask about the proposed length of the new driving range , It is rumoured to be 100 meters. Is that correct? If it is correct this is of grate concern. The councils answer provided to this question was not forth coming of the proposed length. Also the answer has suggested key stake holders and community members where consulted. My understanding is there are many "very" well known and respected City of South Perth residents that derive a livelihood from golf in various aspects of the golf industry, theses personalities also use Collier Park on a very regular basis, and have global exposure to a plethora of golf complexes, myself included. To my knowledge none of my colleagues or where asked to input dialogue or suggestion. Could the council shed some light on the reasoning of none consultation with golfing personalities and who are these groups that have been consulted with?

    scottbarr71 asked about 1 year ago

    Although only at concept stage, the driving range is proposed to be a two-tier facility of between 56 and 80 bays providing a 100m x 100m netted environment. The bays would be set up using one of the proprietary technology systems providing launch monitor and gaming options. This use of technology will allow shot feedback on a shorter range that could previously only be gained through visual observation of the full ball flight requiring significant lengths of driving range – this is what has allowed the retention of sufficient space to allow the development of the short course.

    Focussing on technology and entertainment options, the facility will appeal to all abilities of golfer as well as non-golfers.

    The City carried out a stakeholder and community engagement process during August and September 2020 which included a workshop with Collier Park Golf key user groups. In addition, stakeholders and the community were invited to attend an information day, online workshop and participate in the survey. 1641 completed surveys were received and over 165 people attended engagement activities.

    If the project progresses, there will be further dialogue and consultation on various aspects of the facility, including the golf course.

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    There are concerns that the existing driving range may be moved and replaced by a 100m range with nets. The existing range is the size of most ranges in Perth and aids in distance management with the variety of clubs. Furthermore, the new goal posts are excellent for training i.e. accuracy. There is also concern that the club professionals have not been asked for their input. Could you please consider the opinion of the Collier Park club professionals like in any project that is managed well and also consider their and other golfers opinions on the type of driving range needed?

    vatsal asked about 1 year ago

    Hi there. Thanks for your question. The RAF will become home to community sport and recreation, blending with the existing 18 hole golf course facilities and catering for emerging golf trends of shorter and alternative format golf, with the addition of mini golf, short form golf and a new technology based driving range. During the stakeholder engagement period a wide range of stakeholders and community members were consulted, including key Collier Park Golf user groups.

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    What financial impact would RAF have on ratepayers? Would City be borrowing funds? What about interest on borrowed funds? What is financial impact on ratepayers of running costs?

    concerned ratepayer asked about 1 year ago

    Hello. Thank you for your questions. The financial aspects of the RAF have been investigated and will form part of the business case being presented to Council in October. If the project goes ahead, further financial modelling will be conducted.

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    As many people would be aware Collier Park Golf Course is built on a former landfill site, and as such the risk of potential environmental contaminants including lead and asbestos exists. Given that the RAF construction activities will require ground disturbance, what specific measures will the City undertake to ELIMINATE (not reduce) the potential health risk to surrounding residents and businesses?

    MN asked about 1 year ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. The City has undertaken preliminary environmental investigations to inform the likely nature and extent of the landfill and will undertake detailed investigations as part of the next stage of the project. This will enable the appropriate measures to be determined and put in place during construction, in line with any relevant environmental guidelines and / or approvals that may be required.

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    Would you please consider marking lanes in the proposed swimming pool in black on the pool floor ( like Goodlife Cannington Gym pool)? Easier to swim freestyle. Melville public pool has no such lanes but lanes marked by ropes- keep on swimming into the ropes.

    vatsal asked about 1 year ago

    Hi there. Thanks for your question. Although we are only at concept stage, we will ensure that this passed onto the design team to consider.

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    What traffic management plans do you propose or are you expecting more traffic to meander through the avenues. Will you actually provide access to the RAF via Henley and Jackson and open up Murray street it continue to create more traffic chaos in the suburbs.

    Vicki asked about 1 year ago

    We are obtaining traffic and transport engineering advice as part of the current phase of the project to identify any opportunities and constraints and inform the project design and business case, to include any improvement works required to accommodate forecast traffic. The main access to the proposed development is assumed from the existing Collier Park Entrance. As we move into the next stage of design (subject to endorsement) we will continue to look in greater detail at various avenues to supplement this route, both on foot, car and other transport to support the flow of facility users and to provide increased connectivity to the surrounding community.

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    What side of the Golf Course will be used for the RAF? Thelma St (North) or Jackson St (South)?

    cl asked about 1 year ago

    Hello. Thank you for your questions. The proposed location of the RAF is towards Thelma Street (North) as shown in this image in the photo gallery.

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    Is there a plan or map showing the proposed location of the RAF with respect to the golf course & Collier Reserve?

    PK asked about 1 year ago

    Hi there. Thanks for your question. We've just uploaded a photo showing the proposed location of the RAF in the photo gallery here.

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