Locals invited to have their say on Warnbro Community Recreation Centre draft master plan

PIC: City of Rockingham

Community members are encouraged to share their thoughts on the City of Rockingham’s draft master plan for the Warnbro Community Recreation Center (WCRC).

The master plan sets the direction for the facility’s long-term development should the council commit funds to the project in the years to come.

The WCRC, on Okehampton Road in Warnbro, has served the community as a major sporting and recreational facility since 1979. It features a main hall with a full-size basketball court, a multipurpose room, a playgroup room, a kitchen, and locker rooms.

In addition to the many regular tenants, the property is also home to the Warnbro Swans Football and Sporting Association, which plays AFL and cricket during the winter and summer sports season at the adjacent Warnbro Recreation Reserve.

Key elements of the new draft master plan include increasing parking at the facility, improving accessibility, improving storage, and revising the building layout to reduce overlap between sports club areas and rentable common spaces.

A new first-aid room, modernization of the sports hall, renovation of the changing rooms and conversion of the group fitness room into a multi-purpose room are presented.

On the reserve, the City proposes an accessible footpath and ramp, additional parking at Currie and Street and Oakehampton Road, new spectator accommodation and the relocation of the cricket nets.

City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin said the master plan will provide a clear vision and direction for the future use of the centre.

“At its regular meeting on February 28, the Council approved the draft master plan for public comment, and we strongly encourage community members to share their thoughts,” Mayor Hamblin said.

“Growing and promoting community connectedness and well-being, as well as planning for future generations, are aspirations in our Strategic Community Plan – and the draft Master Plan is aligned with that.

“Following community consultation, the master plan will be updated and sent back to the council for final consideration. Although funding for this project is not currently included in the business plan, the council is asked to make a decision on funding the implementation of the master plan in the future.”

For more information or to share your thoughts on the draft Master Plan visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/your-city/share-your-thoughts/open-for-comment/warnbro-community-recreation-centre-master-plan

Public comment closes on Monday March 20, 2023.

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