The master plan for the City of Rockingham’s Baldivis District Sporting Complex project was officially endorsed at the Council meeting on Tuesday 18 December.
The Baldivis District Sporting Complex, which will be located on Eighty Road, opposite Kendall Boulevard, will allow the City to meet a significant shortage of active reserve space in Baldivis for present and future sporting groups.
Detailed design of the civil works for the project will immediately begin following Council’s endorsement of the master plan.
In the long term, the Baldivis District Sporting Complex will provide about eight hectares of open space, two pavilions, 18 outdoor hardcourts, a nature playground, youth space and an indoor recreation centre.
Under the master plan for the project, the City will preserve the strong environmental values at the site. Sixty-two per cent of all native vegetation and 65 per cent of trees with nesting hollows will be protected.
In addition, the City will plant about 90 native trees at the complex while a large portion of black cockatoo foraging habitat will also be retained.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the development of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex would deliver a tangible boost to sporting organisations across the City.
“The Baldivis District Sporting Complex will play a vital role in the long term health and wellbeing of our community,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The sporting and social benefits the complex will deliver to residents will be huge, with a wide range of clubs able to take advantage of the facilities.
“Importantly, the master plan for the Baldivis Sporting District Complex also retains much of the beautiful environment that surrounds the site.”
The City of Rockingham met for its December ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 18 December, with Council accepting a tender from Advanteering Civil Engineers for the construction of a new skate park at Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy.
An audit of the City’s skate parks conducted in 2015 identified Port Kennedy Skate Park for replacement. The existing skate park will be demolished, and the new space will be built on the same site at Veterans Memorial Park.
In a first for the City the new skate park will combine bowl, street and plaza skate elements. In addition to the skate elements, supporting infrastructure includes half-court basketball, bike racks, water fountains, and shade shelters.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the new skate park has been designed to cater for all skill levels.
“The new skate park at Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy will be a great venue for skate competitions and events, in addition to being a family friendly recreation space,” Mayor Sammels said.
“When it came to designing the skate park the City carefully considered the thoughts of those most likely to use the new facility.
“Feedback from skate clinics, workshops at local schools, engagement with junior councillors and the community helped to shape the elements that will be included.”
Demolition of the existing skate park will begin in early February 2019, with construction to begin immediately after demolition works are completed.
The City of Rockingham is delighted to announce that the Rockingham and Districts Toy Library will be relocated to a new home at the Rockingham Central Library.
From the beginning of the new school year in February 2019 the Rockingham Toy Library will operate from Rockingham Central Library, giving it a secure, long term future after many years of uncertainty.
We are excited to be able to take on the toy library and will be developing new opening hours and resources for this new service. We would also like to thank the current association and its hard working committee members who have maintained the toy library.
We look forward to working with them in the next few weeks to ensure the new service has a smooth transition.
The City of Rockingham is pleased to announce that sand excavation works on the Bent Street navigation channel have been completed ahead of schedule.
The works, which involved the removal of 10,000 cubic metres of sand, were carried out to ensure the channel is safe for boat users this summer season.
Following the completion of works the marker buoys have been reinstated to their original position to ensure safe navigation for boat users in the channel.
Nearby Carlisle Street boat ramp will also return to full community use on Friday 21 December 2018, after all trucking movements cease and equipment and site fencing is removed from the area.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the completion of works meant residents would be able to navigate the channel safely throughout the busy summer season.
“The City is pleased to be able to reopen the Carlisle Street boat ramp and full width Bent Street navigation channel for boat users in time for the Christmas and New Year holiday break,” Mayor Sammels said.
“While we understand the inconvenience works may have caused, it was imperative that the excavation was done now to ensure vessels can safely navigate the channel throughout the rest of summer.
“The City thanks boaties and beach users for their patience and understanding during this process.”
Thirteen semi-mature casuarina trees in the car park at Mersey Point in Shoalwater have died following serious acts of vandalism.
Damage to the trees is believed to have occurred between six to eight weeks ago, with the trees and subsequent shade they provided to the car park now destroyed.
The cost of removing and replacing the dead trees, as well as significant earthworks associated with removing roots from underneath the surface of the carpark is expected to cost $50,000 to $60,000.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels condemned the shocking display of vandalism and called for anyone with information to come forward.
“It is extremely disappointing to see vandals ruin so many beautiful trees which have been a part of the landscape at Mersey Point for a number of years,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Mersey Point is one of the City’s busiest car parks, with many residents and visitors often parking there before they go to the beach or take the ferry across to Penguin Island.
“Not only do senseless acts of vandalism cost the City a lot of money, they are also detrimental to the efforts undertaken through the City’s Greening Plan, which is focused on improving the City’s green canopy.
“I encourage anyone with information on this matter to contact either the City or Crime Stoppers.” Removal of the dead trees will begin early in the New Year, with replacement trees expected to be planted in mid-2019.
Signage will also be installed at the site informing visitors of the damage caused.
Anyone with information on the vandalism of the trees at Mersey Point is urged to contact the City on 9528 0333 or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.