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City Acknowledges WA Recovery Plan Contribution to Projects

Date20 January 2021

The City of Rockingham welcomed Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby to the site of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex (BDSC) project on Tuesday 19 January 2021. 

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels met with both the Premier and local member at the site of the new Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre (BIRC) to acknowledge the receipt of the approved $10million Grant Agreement between the State Government and the City. 

These funds will assist in partly funding this $18.8m project, and is one of two City of Rockingham projects which will be partly funded by two $10 million grants provided to the City through the State’s WA Recovery Plan.   

The BIRC is a key part of the BDSC project on Eighty Road. Once construction of the centre is complete it will include four multi marked indoor courts, change rooms, three multipurpose activity spaces as well as storage for users of the facility and adjoining sporting reserve.

Mayor Sammels thanked the State Government for its support of the project. 

“The City is very excited to have signed the funding agreement for the BIRC from the State Government. It is a significant milestone in the delivery of this much needed community infrastructure project,” Mayor Sammels said. 

The tender for construction of the BIRC is expected to be awarded in March 2021 with construction set to begin before the end of the 2020/2021 financial year. The BIRC is a key element of the wider BDSC project, which will ultimately help meet a significant shortage of suitable social and competitive sport and recreation spaces for Baldivis and the surrounding community.

In addition to the funding secured for the BIRC, an additional $10 million has also been secured by the City through the State’s WA Recovery Plan to help fund the Aqua Jetty stage two project. It is anticipated that the City will commence detailed design on this project in March 2021 with construction expected to begin in 2022/2023. 

“Both the BIRC and stage two of the Aqua Jetty are significant infrastructure projects that will benefit the community in the years ahead,” Mayor Sammels said. 

“The City’s Strategic Community Plan outlines that planning for future generations and delivering quality leadership and business expertise are two key aspirations we must work towards. The City actively planned a targeted advocacy campaign for many years to secure funding from State Government agencies for projects like this and we look forward to delivering them in the years to come.” 

Premier Mark McGowan said the project would benefit the Baldivis and surrounding local communities significantly providing sporting infrastructure and great playing fields for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

"I’m delighted the State Government has been able 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, Mr McGowan said. 

“Encouraging people to get out, get active, and get into sport and active recreation has never been more important as we try to help to reconnect communities, increase participation for local sporting organisations and create jobs for local workers.” 

Image: Mayor Barry Sammels, Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, on site where the BIRC will be located. Picture: City of Rockingham.  

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