Ellenbrook Leisure Centre one step closer to reality

Published on 09 November 2018

The Ellenbrook and surrounding community is set to benefit from a $17 million Federal Labor party commitment to build the long-awaited Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre.

The announcement was made at a town hall event at the Ellenbrook District Open Space (EDOS) pavilion where Opposition Leader Bill Shorten discussed his Fair Go for WA initiative.

The funding announcement means that should Labor win the next election, local residents will be able to look forward to jumping into their own community pool sooner.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said the City has advocated for the facility for many years.

“One of the City’s highest priorities is to provide sufficient leisure services for our residents,” he said.

“Residents of Ellenbrook and surrounds currently face significant travel time to get to the closest indoor recreation centre or aquatic facility, and this population is only growing.

“An indoor recreation centre in the heart of Ellenbrook will address this shortfall and address the increasing needs of our booming local population.

“We thank Federal Labor for their commitment and belief in this important facility and our community.”

Pearce Ward Councillor Patty Jones said the City was eager to commence the third and final stage of EDOS.

“In 2015, the pavilion and playing fields were opened for stages one and two of EDOS,” she said.

“Considered to be one of the finest facilities in Western Australia, the recreation site is part of a multi-million dollar precinct for families, jointly funded by the City and the State Government.

“The City of Swan is now eager to commence the third and final stage of the project, the Indoor Leisure Centre – and this announcement brings it one step closer.”

Key facts:

• The Ellenbrook area’s population currently exceeds 45,000 and is forecast to reach more than 70,000 residents by 2036.

• The nearest indoor leisure centre to Ellenbrook is Midland, more than 16km (30 minutes) away.

• The Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre will include a number of pools including lap, leisure and children’s pools; sauna and steam rooms; change rooms and toilets; sports courts and community facilities; a gymnasium and other community spaces.

• The project will create 85 full-time jobs and indirectly support over 332 FTEs.

• The total project cost is $51 million, which means the City will continue to advocate for a further $17 million commitment from the State Government.