Funding boost for Baldivis District Sporting Complex project

Stuart HortonSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham chief executive Michael Parker, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby inspect the Baldivis Sporting Complex plans onsite.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham chief executive Michael Parker, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby inspect the Baldivis Sporting Complex plans onsite. Credit: Stuart Horton

The State Government has committed $1.5 million to kickstart the Baldivis District Sporting Complex project.

The City of Rockingham’s new community sport precinct, set to be built on lots 4, 103, 104 and 105 Eighty Road, opposite Kendall Boulevard, will serve the growing local population with access to new grassroots sporting facilities.

Stage 1 of the $47.7 million project will deliver 8ha of active open space, floodlighting, initial services and utility connections, road and carpark development and a sports pavilion.

The construction of ovals will form an integral part of the first stage, with future stages expected to an indoor recreation centre and outdoor courts, as well as passive recreation spaces and an area specifically for young people.

The estimated overall cost for stage 1 of the City-led project is $17.5 million, plus the $9.7 million cost to purchase land.

The new ovals will be partly funded by the $1.5 million obtained through the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, which delivers millions of dollars each year to grassroots clubs to build quality local sporting infrastructure.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray commended the City for its vision in developing the project, while Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said it would help create a healthier and more active community.

“Community sport and recreation is vital for getting people of all ages out and about and staying physically and mentally fit and healthy, and the State Government is delighted to have been able to contribute to these new ovals,” Mr Murray said.

“Baldivis is one of the fastest growing sporting communities in Australia and this project will help meet the extraordinary demand for playing grounds, outdoor courts plus indoor courts and other facilities,” Mr Whitby added.

“Our local Aussie Rules, soccer, cricket and basketball clubs are some of the biggest in WA and each year, more children are signing up to play.”

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the State Government for its “very important” contribution and said the City was keen to start work on the project as soon as possible.

“With future stages still to come and a total estimated construction value of $48 million, the City will be seeking further funding support to deliver the overall district facility for community activation,” he said.

Baldivis Brumbies Football Club and White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club are set to be the primary beneficiaries of the facility, Mr Sammels added.

Construction is set to begin on the project in the 2019/20 financial year and it is expected upon completion Baldivis District Sporting Complex will free up existing sporting facilities, such as Baldivis Oval on Fifty Road, for further growth in the future.

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