Kickstart for sports complex

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Rockingham MLA and WA Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Rockingham MLA and WA Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby. Credit: Picture: City of Rockingham

The construction of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex has begun with the project set to become a main piece of sporting infrastructure in Perth’s southern suburbs.

The $47.6 million project will predominantly be used by football and cricket clubs, but will host other sports.

The City of Rockingham has provided $35 million towards the project and Cricket Australia has donated $100,000.

A grant of $2.5m for the development of turf playing fields, a district pavilion and oval floodlighting at the site was also handed out through the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

The City also received $10 million through the WA Recovery Plan towards the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre, an $18.8m project featuring four indoor multi-purpose courts, change rooms, meeting rooms and a café.

Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the State Government for their contribution to the project.

“The City is very excited ... It is a significant milestone in the delivery of this much needed community infrastructure project,” he said.

“The tender for construction of the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre is expected to be awarded in March, with construction set to begin before the end of the 2020-21 financial year.

“This is a key element of the wider Baldivis District Sporting Complex project, which will ultimately help meet a significant shortage of suitable social and competitive sport and recreation spaces for Baldivis and the surrounding community.”

The playing fields and pavilion project is expected to be completed by early 2022 with the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre expected to be completed late 2022.

Premier Mark McGowan said encouraging people to get out, get active, and get into sport had “never been more important”.

“I'm pleased to support this important community infrastructure project as part of our WA Recovery Plan which is providing a boost to the economy following the impacts of the pandemic,” he said.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the centre would become the home of sport in Baldivis for generations.

“The project will meet a growing need in our community as local sporting clubs boom and need more playing fields and facilities,” he said.

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