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Lotterywest grant for Mills Park redevelopment

Wednesday, 15 July 2015
  • Lotterywest grant of $4 million to the City of Gosnells towards new community facilities at Mills Park
  • To replace aged infrastructure and improve the flexibility of facilities for broader community use
  • Stage one of construction is under way with project completion expected in February 2017

Premier Colin Barnett today presented the City of Gosnells with a Lotterywest grant of $4 million towards the construction and fit-out of new community facilities at Mills Park in Beckenham.

The Mills Park redevelopment project is a comprehensive revitalisation of the entire 24 hectare site which has been used as a popular recreational space since the 1960s.

The site will become a district community centre catering for sport and recreation activities with specialised facilities to house local groups.

The State Government has also contributed $4 million to the development through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

The total cost of the redevelopment is $47 million with the City of Gosnells contributing the balance.

The Premier acknowledged the City of Gosnells' hard work in engaging the community in the planning and design stages of the project.

"The city carried out extensive community consultations to ensure the redeveloped site meets the needs and aspirations of its local groups," Mr Barnett said.

"After several investigations, options and design developments, the Mills Park Master Plan was finalised in December 2014 and depicts a thoughtful and innovative design."

The Beckenham Over 55's Bowling Club will have custom storage for their indoor bowls equipment, special consideration was made to the type of floor surfacing for dance groups and the size of the hall will meet the needs of local community groups.

Lotterywest support will go specifically towards the community facilities which include a new community centre, a nature play space, skate plaza, a piazza events space and a 4.2 kilometre path network which will diversify the Mills Park space and create a range of new and improved opportunities.

The Mills Park community facility design has been awarded the first 6 Star Green Star - Public Building, Design version 1 in Australia, which is a world's best practice certification.

"Another terrific aspect of this project is its design initiatives which will provide significant reduction in CO2 emissions and produce 15 per cent of the facilities' energy needs," the Premier said.

"I look forward to watching this project develop over the coming years and seeing the exciting activities and services it will offer to the Gosnells community."

Fact File

  • The Mills Park space is bounded by Roe Highway, Brixton Street and Bickley Road, Beckenham
  • The final site will incorporate a new community facility, expanded green areas, walkways, boardwalks, new sporting infrastructure, increased car parking, improved irrigation, rehabilitation of the wetlands and waterways, a significant nature play space, piazza and youth space
  • WA is the only Australian State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community
  • In 2014-15, Lotterywest distributed a total of $283 million to beneficiaries
  • Full list of grants at http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au

Premier's office - 6552 5000

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