WORK officially began on the $9.9 million Coogee Integrated Community Facility at Poore Grove this week, marked by a sod-turning ceremony for the planned development.
A joint venture between the City of Cockburn and Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, CEO Stephen Cain, Mayor Logan K Howlett, Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke and lifesaving club president Sharee Hart and director of development and marketing Daryll Smith turned the soil together to get the works under way.
The $3 million Stage 1a works include earthworks and site works, construction of a new car park, beach access pathways and dual-use paths, power, water and sewerage services, car park lighting, landscaped areas, fencing and gates, irrigation, shade structures, barbecues, a drink fountain and a beach shower.
The contract for the works was awarded to Industrial Roadpavers in September and $2 million to help fund the project was provided by the Federal Government’s community infrastructure program.
“When all stages are complete, the facility will meet the short-term and long-terms needs of the local community and growing southern Perth regional population of more than 500,000 people across Cockburn, Kwinana, Gosnells, Canning, Melville and Armadale,” City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain said.
Subsequent stages will include the construction of the new two-storey surf lifesaving club building and community facility, gym, changerooms, meeting rooms, kitchen and public kiosk.
“Once the entire project is complete, there will be state-of-the-art surf lifesaving facilities and improved access to Coogee Beach for the public, including people with disabilities,” Mr Cain said.
“The surf lifesaving facilities will support essential emergency and first aid services for Cockburn’s beaches and help with training people in water safety and lifesaving.
“Community facilities will offer a wide range of uses for healthy lifestyles, including sporting and social recreation, training, events, youth development, entertainment and fitness.
“The lifesaving club needed replacement facilities and I’m pleased the first steps have been taken to create a facility that will benefit so many people into the future.”
Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club president Sharee Hart said club membership had grown from 230 to 630 in the past seven years and was continuing to grow.
“With this rapid growth comes a demand for the club to keep pace and deliver quality programs and resources,” she said.
“Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has junior members becoming involved from age five and we have a program that develops them through to age 14, when they move on to qualify as lifesavers patrolling more than 3.5km of coastline within the City of Cockburn.
“As our club membership, resources and presence on the beach increases, so does our need for better facilities and this new integrated facility will help to meet that demand.”
sod1-3.jpeg: City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain, Mayor Logan K Howlett, Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club president Sharee Hart and Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Park turn the first sod to mark the start of work on the new Coogee Integrated Community Facility at Poore Grove.
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City of Cockburn
The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.
With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).
As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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