Andy’s Summary of the July Council Bulletins

Andy’s Summary of the July Council Bulletins

Each month, the week before the Council meeting, Councillors meet for the Planning and Engineering Services Committee and the Corporate and Community Development Committee meetings. As part of this process we go through the Bulletins that provide a summary of every department at the City. It’s an opportunity for Councillors to discuss issues and ask specific questions of the City officers.

Both meetings are open to the public, and start with public question time (just like the Council meeting). The Planning and Engineering Services Committee is held at 4pm on the Monday and the Corporate and Community Development Committee is held at 4pm on the Tuesday.

I’ve gone through the bulletins over the course of the weekend, and have put together a bit of a summary of some of the more interesting parts. As always, if you’ve any questions, I’m here to help.

 

Planning and Engineering Services Committee

Planning and Development Services Information Bulletin

SmartWatch

City of Rockingham SmartWatch Vehicles

The City’s SmartWatch service is a vehicle security patrol service and is one of our safety initiatives. The vehicles conduct regular, coordinated patrols in targeted areas to deter criminal activity. 

All SmartWatch vehicles are fitted with surveillance cameras which can take a 360 degree external view of the vehicle’s surroundings. The vehicles also have the capability of being able to live stream to police. This recorded footage may be used by police to assist their investigations, and for evidence during a prosecution.

During the month of June, SmartWatch vehicles patrolled 40,179km of Rockingham streets and carried out;

  • 71 Requests for attendance
  • 57 Community Patrol Requests
  • 51 Holiday Watch Requests
  • 76 On Patrol Reports
  • 38 Patrols of Known Hot-Spots
  • 108 Field Reports to WA Police

​SmartWatch can be contacted during office hours on 9528 0333 or from midday until 4am, seven days a week on 1300 657 123.

 

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan – Stage 2

The draft CHRMAP is available for public comment until 6 August 2019. Three drop-in sessions have now been held, with approximately 80 residents attending overall to learn more about the CHRMAP and ask City Officers questions.

 

Baldivis Shopping Centre Carpark – Drainage Retrofit Works

The contract period for drainage works at the Baldivis Shopping Centre has been delayed due to recent heavy rains and is now scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Currently all the stormtrap units have been installed with the contractor now fitting the overlying inlet pits and levelling the sand infill ready for asphalting. 

The secondary drainage collapse has been rectified and asphalted over. On recommendation by Cardno, all of the drainage pits in the area have been inspected with 4 additional pits found to have incorrectly fitted geofabric. Cardno assures the City that this has now been resolved. 

 

Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan

With the ‘Design Drivers’ adopted by Council in June 2019, the project has moved to the Master Plan design phase. It is expected that the draft Master Plan will be tabled before Council for consent to advertise in September or October 2019 prior to which the matter will be discussed at a Councillor Engagement Session.

 

P3365 Cape Peron K Battery Complex Point Peron Road, Point Peron

The City received a letter from the Dept of Planning Lands and Heritage (DPLH) in June requesting input to their consideration of including the Cape Peron K Battery Complex on the Register of Heritage Places.

The City of Rockingham responded stating that we are in favour of the area being registered. The official decision will be made at a DPLH meeting in early August. 

 

Engineering and Parks Services Information Bulletin

Asset Maintenance – Buildings

Autumn Centre

The dining room at the Autumn Centre was in need of painting maintenance to keep it in good  condition and very presentable. As the room is heavily used during the week, it was decided to repaint the area over the weekend to minimise disruption and allow paint fumes to dissipate.

 

Baldivis Recreation Centre 

Following extreme weather conditions, the ceiling in the foyer of the Baldivis Recreation Centre collapsed. Thankfully nobody was on site due to the timing of the event. The ceiling was removed and the site made safe with plastic fitted until the new ceiling was installed and finished.

 

Aqua Jetty 

Painting maintenance was completed in the health club, the RPM room and the front reception area. Painting at this site is challenging due to the busy operational schedule. With this in mind, plaster repairs and painting were completed between classes in the RPM room and out of hours in the health club.

 

Safety Bay Tennis Club 

The ground surrounding one of the soak wells next to the clubroom had begun to collapse. The area was excavated and improvements made to pipework and soak wells to prevent reoccurrence. 

 

Elanora Drive bus shelter 

Students from Rockingham High School painted a mural on the bus shelter on Elanora Drive, near Rockingham Hospital. The project was arranged in partnership between the Health Department and the City to promote anti smoking messages. On completion of the mural, the bus shelter was coated in a clear anti-graffiti product to protect the artwork from vandalism.

Rocky Davis and Dean Fisher (both Rockingham Senior High School staff), Jade Green (14), Henry Erasmus (15), Johnathon Peake (13), Matthew Curran (14), and Samantha Prentice (Artist) show off their work at the bus shelter.

 

Asset Maintenance – Reserves

City Park 

The entry statement wall was heavily bore-stained which was affecting the visual appeal of the reserve. A number of products were examined to remedy the issue and a product and contractor were selected to carry-out the bore stain removal. The product is non-toxic and safe for the surrounding grass and also does not adversely affect the painted surface. 

Entrance to City Park, Rockingham

 

 

Carpentaria Reserve 

The handrail surrounding the lake at Carpentaria Reserve was faded with flaking paintwork. The entire balustrade was sanded and prepared before being repainted. 

 

Bridport Point 

The rendered brick wall which surrounds the playground at Bridport had deteriorated with faded paint and salts showing through. Some repairs were made to the render in areas then the efflorescence was treated and the wall repainted. The wall again provides a functional and attractive surround to the playground and barbecue areas.

 

Lighting Inspections 

Monthly night time inspections are carried out by City contractors to all 3779 light poles. The results from June 2019 inspections confirmed that approximately 96% of the network is operational. Work requests are lodged for luminaries not operating correctly at the time of inspection. 

 

Vandalism 

Vandalism of assets is an ongoing issue for the City. Vandalism repairs take priority over other planned works as these issues invariably attract additional vandalism. In relation to specific acts of vandalism, there was a spate of thefts from several public toilets along the foreshore from Waikiki through to Shoalwater. These thefts ranged from stainless steel floor drain grates to the stripping of copper pipework and stainless steel sinks, with associated damage to doors and locks. The plumbing infrastructure has since been reinstated with Police reports lodged.

In addition to the thefts, there was also general vandalism damage caused at Churchill Park toilet, Bell Park Exeloo, Governor Road toilet, Harmony Park toilets, Victoria Street toilets, the Larkhill Bush toilet and Esplanade toilets. 

At the Baldivis Youth Space, unfortunately vandals damaged beyond repair the drinking fountain only 72 hours after it was replaced. This is despite the new drinking fountain being specifically designed as an anti-vandal unit. Also 33 hand holds on the climbing wall were destroyed and scattered throughout the sand soft fall below the playground. Officers are currently discussing ways to reduce vandalism at the site through built-form, fit-out changes as well as community engagement.

Vandalism at Baldivis Youth Space

 

Other issues experienced have included vandalism to park furniture items at The Harbour playground, Mike Barnett Sports Complex, Anniversary Park change rooms, Charnley Reserve, Blaxland Reserve, Oasis Reserve and Cud Swamp. 

Vandalism at Oasis Reserve

 

Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Stage One

The Boardwalk paving and decking has all been laid on each of the terraces. The top level of decking is progressing well. Furniture has been installed on the top level and lounge chairs have started to arrive on the middle terrace. Both sets of stairs have been completed. Construction of the slip lane from Patterson Road into Parkin Street has commenced with demolition, subbase and seal all completed. Adjacent pedestrian island and ramp modifications are underway. Railway Terrace finishing works are underway with trees and garden beds planted out, and light poles now in place and operational. The bus shelter artwork has been installed. Beach Plaza paving has been extended and preparation works for the remaining paving well underway. The eastern accessibility ramp has been poured, as has the stage area of the Lookout. Most of the lighting is now in place.

Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation Boardwalk with Furniture

Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation Bus Shelter Artwork

 

Fantasy Park Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting Renewal, Waikiki 

This project consists of retrofitting new lights to existing light pole and the installation of 6 new poles. This project is complete.

Fantasy Park, Rockingham

 

Playground Replacement Programme

The current playground replacement programme for 2018/2019 is underway. All equipment has been ordered and is either being manufactured or has been installed. 

  • Hayes Water Reserve, Waikiki 
  • Balla Balla Reserve, Baldivis 
  • Benjamin Way Reserve, Rockingham 
  • Trustee Park, Baldivis 
  • Gidgi Way, Cooloongup 
  • Larkhill Hill, Secret Harbour 
  • Surf Drive Reserve, Secret Harbour 
  • Lewington Reserve, Rockingham 
  • City Park, Rockingham 

 

Port Kennedy Drive (Ennis Avenue to Warnbro Sound Avenue), Port Kennedy

The project consists of constructing a new second carriageway (westbound) between Ennis Avenue and Warnbro Sound Avenue and conversion of the existing two-way carriageway (eastbound). Pavement construction works are in progress on the section between Ennis Avenue and Bakewell Drive. 

Port Kennedy Drive

 

Greening Plan 

Throughout June, City and contractor crews continued to plant advanced trees in various public open space areas throughout the City, with the aim of increasing canopy coverage. There have been more than 2000 trees planted this year, with more than 5000 advanced trees having been planted since the inception of the Greening Plan project. 

 

Litter Debris Boom Installation, Bismarck Approach Drain – Lake Richmond Reserve

The Environmental team recently installed a litter debris boom at the Bismarck Approach drain to capture surface litter before it enters Lake Richmond Reserve. Information will be provided in future bulletins on the volume and type of litter collected in the boom.

Litter Debris Boom Bismark Approach Drain

 

Winter Revegetation Planting for the Environmental Reserves

June and July are preferred months for undertaking revegetation planting in non-irrigated Environmental Reserves, with more than 12000 plants planned to be planted over the period. During June the Environmental team planted in excess of 4000 plants throughout foreshore areas of Singleton, Golden Bay and Shoalwater, and Dixon Road Environmental Reserve. As a trial, protective plastic surrounds have not been installed for these plantings. 

 

Coastal Infrastructure

Mersey Point Sea Wall Design 

The detailed design and documentation of the Mersey Point Seawall was completed in June 2019. The City shall program the capital construction of the seawall to commence in March/April 2020 prior to the onset of winter 2020. 

Mersey Point Seawall

Mersey Point Seawall

 

Boat Ramp and Jetty Maintenance 

The City has appointed marine civil contractors to undertake maintenance works at the following facilities; The following maintenance activities were completed during the month of June; 

  • Val Street Jetty – Lower Level Landing Maintenance
  • Point Peron Boat Launching Facility – Jetty deck re-tightening of fixtures and fittings. 
  • Palm Beach Jetty – Lower Level Landing Handrail Repairs

 

Corporate and Community Development Committee

Corporate and General Management Services Information Bulletin 

 

Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club

The Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club has been approved to sublease the cafe section of the Club to Mataya Pty Ltd for an initial term of five years and an additional term of five years.

 

Local Government Elections 2019

Formal gazettal of the new ward boundaries and councillor representation has occurred. Liaison with the Western Australian Electoral Commission is underway for the October 2019 elections. Legislative changes have occurred in respect to requirements of candidates to undertake training, the implications of which is being investigated. A Candidate Information Session is tentatively scheduled for 22 August 2019.

 

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The above Bill has been passed by both houses of State Parliament. The amendments bring about a number of key changes.

Universal Training Universal training for local government election candidates and new Councillors is introduced. This comprises – 

  • Online induction for candidates prior to nominating 
  • Prescribe training for new Councillors
  • Local government to adopt a ‘council member training policy’ 
  • Annual reporting of training undertaken by elected members. 

 

Council Member Behaviour 

The introduction of a mandatory Code of Conduct for Council members. This Code will apply to candidates. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for Employees. There have been modifications to the minor breach provisions to include – 

  • Council members required to reimburse the local government the cost of the panel findings for an adverse breach. 
  • Time period for complaint reduced from two years to six months. 
  • Power to require mediation between parties. 

 

Community Development Information Bulletin

Youth and Community Support Services

 

Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group

On Thursday 20 June 2019, 23 members of the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency group met at City of Rockingham. The group discussed the Ward Road camp site, the homeless people frequenting the foreshore area and the collaboration and support that is occurring within the agencies in attendance. The Department of Communities presented on accessing the Department of Housing and the supports that they would like from local agencies when a person is at risk of losing their tenancy. Homelessness week was discussed and a working party has been formed to address the stigmatisation of the homelessness and the collation of essential items for local service providers during homelessness week. A working party for the Night Cafe/Drop-In Centre has been developed to investigate options/funding for Rockingham. 

 

Suicide to Hope

A Suicide to Hope workshop will be held on Monday 1 July 2019 at the Quest Apartments in Rockingham. This workshop presented by Living Works is clinician based training for those clinicians that have completed the Applied Intervention Suicide Skills Training (ASIST). This workshop has been promoted through the Service Provider and School networks within the City of Rockingham and is fully booked with an extensive waitlist. 

 

Financial Wellness – 4 Part Series 

Promotion for the first Financial Wellness workshop, being held at the Rockingham Central Library, has commenced through the City’s Facebook page. This four part series focuses on helping members in the community who are struggling with their finances. Each two hour session will include topics such as; budget creation, track your spending, review your budget and provide strategies on how to maintain your budget. The sessions will be held on four different dates in August, September and October 2019. With the first session commencing on Tuesday 13 August 2019. 

 

Line Of Sight Leadership and Diversionary Program 

The Line of Sight Program is a partnership with Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL) and the City of Rockingham. 15 local students from SMYL Community College, Rockingham Senior High School and Kolbe Catholic College will participate in the fortnightly program each Tuesday for 10 sessions from July to December 2019. The participants are aged between 14 and 16 years of age and have been nominated by their school and selected after individual student, parent and school interviews. The program will cover personal development topics through workshops and activities. Topics covered will be communication, healthy relationships, self-esteem, positive masculinity and femininity, team work, connection to culture and a graduation celebration. Youth worker support will be available throughout the program with case management available to all participants. 

 

HER Space Program July 10,11,17,18 2019 

Registrations are currently open for the HER (Hear, Empowered, Reminded of Worth) Space Program. The program will be delivered in partnership with AnglicareWA at Anglicare Rockingham, 14 Council Avenue, Rockingham during the July 2019 School Holidays for young women aged between 12 and 16 years. A variety of activities and workshops will be presented by the City of Rockingham Youth Workers, AnglicareWA Counsellors and external facilitators building the resilience and capacity in the young women attending. 

 

Youth Services 

The Youth Workers provided information, support, referral, advocacy and case management to 149 young people in local education settings. Presenting issues were mostly family and peer conflict and mental health issues.

 

Community Safety

City Partnerships Reduce Graffiti Incidents 

Community Safety Officers recently formed a partnership with Rockingham Senior High School and South Metropolitan Health Services to design a locally inspired mural for the City owned bus shelter located outside the Rockingham General Hospital on Elanora Drive, Cooloongup. The design and painting was undertaken by Rockingham Senior High School students in consultation with a local artist over a two day period, with the City painters applying an anti-graffiti coating to the finished artwork on Thursday 20 June 2019. The initiative aims to reduce incidents of graffiti vandalism whilst providing a welcoming, bright space for residents using public transport from this location. 

 

Community Safety Information Session – Karnup 

Recent feedback received from Western Australia Police Force and residents living in the rural region of Karnup (bounded by Paganoni Road and Stakehill Road along Amarillo Drive) indicated an increased number of burglaries occurring in the area since February 2019 (compared to the same period in 2018). As a result, residents living in the rural part of Karnup were invited to a community safety information session held at the Golden Bay Community Centre on Thursday 30 May 2019. Approximately 70 Karnup residents attended the session and engaged with SmartWatch, Community Safety Officers and Western Australia Police Force representatives. Home security and personal safety information was provided and residents had the opportunity to discuss their concerns and seek feedback in relation to the criminal activity occurring within the area.

 

Mobile CCTV Plinth – Karnup 

As a result of an increase in home burglaries that have occurred in the rural region of Karnup, additional surveillance in the form of a mobile CCTV plinth will be placed in the area. The CCTV mobile unit is scheduled for placement near the corner of Paganoni Road and Amarillo Road commencing week beginning 1 July 2019. The purpose of the unit placement will be to capture footage of vehicle movement in and out of the Karnup estate. Footage will be utilised by Western Australian Police Force for vehicle identification in instances of criminal activity.

 

Safety Subsidy Scheme 

During the period Monday 6 May to Friday 7 June 2019, a total of 38 Safety Subsidy Scheme applications have been received. This represents a decrease of 18% compared to the same period for 2018. Of the applications approved this month, security doors and screens are the most popular safety product purchased.

 

Port Kennedy Skate Park – Construction

Works completed in June 2019: 

  • Completion of concrete pours to snake run and bowl 
  • Completion of top slabs 
  • Completion of the slabs to bank adjacent to snake run 

Works scheduled for July 2019: 

  • Complete concrete pours to all smaller skate elements 
  • Installation of shade structures 
  • Complete concrete pours to lower slabs and basketball court 
  • Complete concrete pour to remaining large skate element 
  • Commencement of landscaping elements 

Port Kennedy Skate Park

 

Rockingham Youth Centre  

Works completed in June 2019: 

  • Additional stakeholder consultation was held with three high schools (one from each ward), Junior Council and SMYL Community College to further inform the detailed design. 183 young people were consulted during this phase of the project. 
  • Concept plan was made available on Share Your Thoughts. Four comments were received. 
  • Presentation to Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee on Monday 24 June 2019. 

Works scheduled for July 2019: 

  • Submission of funding application to Lotterywest 
  • Submission of Development Application 
  • The additional consultation has meant the commencement of the design development stage will commence in July 2019, instead of June 2019.

Rockingham Youth Centre Interior Artist Impression

 

Community Grants Program

The 2018/2019 Community Grants Program (CGP) has a budget of $546,000 and $406,778 has been approved and committed to date. Since the previous bulletin, the following applications have been received: 

 

Travel Subsidy Grants 

14 applications, totalling $3,500. 

 

Youth Encouragement Grants 

5 applications totalling $1,580.

 

Major Event Sponsorship and Major Grants 

2019/2020 CGP round one submissions were invited from eligible applicants for Major Grants, Major Event Sponsorship Grants and City Infrastructure Planning and Development Grants and closed 4.30pm Friday 3 May 2019. A total of 11 applications were received and classified into the following categories: 

  • Major Event Sponsorship – three applications 
  • Major Grants – eight applications 

 

Letters of Appreciation – Travel Subsidy Grant 

“I’d like to thank the City of Rockingham for awarding Michael Nvota the travel subsidy grant for attendance of the National Judo Championship in Queensland. Michael won gold medal in No Limits category under 50kg which he is exceptionally happy about. Kind Regards, Matej Nvota (dad)”

Michael Nvota at the National Judo Championships in Queensland

 

Youth Development

Change Maker Festival 

The Change Maker Festival is a one day annual festival for young people to learn and collaborate on social innovation and change initiatives, community action and advocacy. The festival is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The Youth Reference Group have identified the following emerging issues to discuss at the festival; Climate Change, Youth Unemployment, Mental Health and Addiction and Family Domestic Violence.  

 

Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition 

The 2019 Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition will take place on Sundays throughout October 2019, with the Grand Final being held on Sunday 27 October 2019, in conjunction with the Foreshore Celebration weekend. The competition is being delivered by Take Eight Productions, with the primary targets of securing sponsorship and developing the marketing materials being planned this period. It is anticipated that the opportunity for musicians to enter the competition will open in late July 2019. 

2018 City of Rockingham Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition

 

The Harbour Playground Recognised as One of WA’s Best

The Harbour Playground Recognised as One of WA’s Best

The Harbour Playground in Secret Harbour has been recognised as one of the premier play facilities in Western Australia, after it won the Playspace Award for a project worth more than $500,000 at the Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence 2019.

Located on the Secret Harbour Foreshore, The Harbour Playground is a $2 million purpose built play space designed for people of all ages and abilities.

The project fended off competition from a number of facilities in other local governments including the City of Stirling’s $4 million Scarborough Beach Intergenerational Plaza and the City of Busselton’s ‘Sea Play on the Bay’ nautical themed playground to win the award.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was fantastic to see The Harbour Playground recognised on a state wide level.

“The Harbour Playground was an action in the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy and its terrific to see such an innovative project receive the recognition it so richly deserves,” Mayor Sammels said.

“When designing and constructing this project the City took the time to engage with people living with disability, as well as industry experts who have the experience and expertise in assisting the diverse needs of people with disability.

“The outcome of this is a fantastic community play space that removes barriers for people with disability, giving visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to have fun in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Construction on The Harbour Playground began in November 2017 and was completed in late June 2018 before officially opening to much fanfare from residents and visitors alike.

The centrepiece of The Harbour Playground is an “underwater cave” with a giant octopus. All areas of the cave, including the tunnel are accessible and offer a range of play pieces including seaweed ropes, slides and a giant whirlpool net.

There are also a wide range of play areas that include a cruise line swing and a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

The Harbour Playground was built with funding contributions from Lotterywest, the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Rockingham Rotary Club. Contractors EPCAD (Environment Places Creativity Design), Environmental Industries and Play Check also had a vital role in delivering the project.

 

Invitation to Westport update

Invitation to Westport update

City of Rockingham residents are invited to join the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, Nicole Lockwood, at a free community event for an insight into Westport’s scope, process and latest findings.

Come along if you are interested in the port and transport infrastructure required to handle the freight demands of Perth’s growing population for the next 50-100 years.

  • When: Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am–11am
  • Where: City of Rockingham Administration Centre, Civic Boulevard, Rockingham

Westport’s strategy will focus on the ports at Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury along with their associated road and rail links; this means that the City of Rockingham will be at the centre of the final strategy. This is an opportunity to learn the accurate details from the Chair of the project, ask her questions directly, and provide your input into the Westport Strategy by completing a community survey.

As this is a free event and seats are limited, registration is essential. Register online now. Registrations are open until 12 May.

For more information, contact Westport directly on 6551 6525

 

 

Smart City of Rockingham

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and CEO Michael Parker are currently attending the 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) in Taipei, to participate in five days of conferences and exhibitions regarding global best practice in smart city technology.

Together with other mayors and CEOs from the South West Group, of which Mayor Sammels is the current chair, they are attending SCSE to gain exposure to new developments and strategic possibilities in e-governance, sustainable cities, harnessing the 5G network and a wide range of other topics related to the application of new technology to servicing the community.

“As the internet, and the abundance of devices connected to it, continues to grow, opportunities exist for innovations in the way local governments do business,” said Mayor Sammels.

With more than 150 mayors expected to join in the 2019 SCSE, a feature of the event is the Smart City Mayors’ Summit, a high-level dialogue platform for city leaders from around the world.

Mayor Sammels said “To ensure the City is well placed to capitalise on new technology we need to understand its strategic application to local government. The opportunity to meet with other mayors and CEOs to discuss how to take best advantage of this critically important aspect of the City’s development is invaluable.”

CEO Michael Parker said “The City’s primary interest in the SCSE is not so much the technologies themselves, but the underlying strategies being developed to make use of those new technologies to streamline and improve our service delivery.”

“Attending the SCSE gives us the opportunity to meet with innovators in this area and learn firsthand how to leverage the huge potential of new and emerging technologies to meet the challenges facing a local government in a rapidly growing community.”

Both the Mayor and CEO are being sponsored by the South West Group, with assistance from Austrade, so their attendance is at minimal cost to the City of Rockingham.

 

 

Baldivis South Community Centre Complete Ahead of Schedule

Baldivis South Community Centre Complete Ahead of Schedule

The City of Rockingham is delighted to announce that construction on the Baldivis South Community Centre has been completed.

Construction on the facility, which began in June 2018, finished approximately four months ahead of schedule earlier this month.

With practical completion accomplished, the City is now in the process of commissioning and testing the facility before it becomes available for bookings in mid-April.

Once the building is available for public use, bookings will managed through the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.

Residents will be able to book a number of spaces including the Banksia Hall (Main Hall), Grevillea Room (Activity Room 1), Paperbark Room (Activity Room 2), and Sheoak Room (Counselling Room).

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the 650 square metre facility was a multipurpose venue capable of holding a number of user groups.

“The Baldivis South Community Centre is an exciting new development that will provide Baldivis and the wider community with much needed spaces for hire,” Mayor Sammels said.

“In addition to being a rentable space, the Baldivis South Community Centre also has supporting amenities including a children’s play space, car parking and landscaped areas. The facility will also provide additional resources for the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, which is experiencing huge demand for its community spaces.”

“The City also gratefully acknowledges funding support from Lotterywest, which provided a $900,000 grant for the project. We would also like to thank Holton Connor Architects and Planners and ADCO Constructions for helping to deliver the project well ahead of schedule.”

The Baldivis South Community Centre is located on the corner of Borough Road and Lamorak Way in Baldivis.

 

 

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