Budget Outcome & Next Steps
The funding request submitted for this project in the 2019/20 budget process was not successful so a funding request will be resubmitted for consideration in the 2020/21 budget process.
Based on feedback received, the first draft concept for the former men’s shed site will need amendment. After this work is completed, it will be put back out for community feedback to ensure the key issues have been addressed and preferred aspects maintained. This is expected to be in early 2020 once the outcome of the nearby Main Roads WA (MRWA) project has been factored in.
Since work on this site commenced, MRWA progressed their proposal to upgrade the intersection at High Street and Stirling Highway, which has impacted the City’s former community facility at 26 Montreal Street. This has opened up the possibility (yet to be confirmed) for a joint community building and replacement golf course club house to be constructed in a new co-located facility. On 9 October 2019 Council resolved that this be investigated further.
This potential facility, bridging the redesigned Golf Course and Booyeembara Park, would service a large catchment area, supplementing Sullivan Hall, and could provide a range of benefits such as shared services and amenities, increased activation, larger capacity, improved passive security, shared car parking, reduced operating costs and efficiencies.
The proposed location for this facility is 700 metres (1 minute drive or under 10 minute walk) from the former men’s shed site so relevant input from this engagement will be considered, along with the wider catchment area, in this planning. The viability of the proposed facility will be known in early 2020 and in the event the project budget cannot deliver a proposed co-located facility, a report will be prepared for Council that considers a range of alternatives, including the potential upgrade of Sullivan Hall, as requested in some submissions on the former men’s shed site.
We will keep you updated on any proposed amendments or improvements to the concept as this project progresses.