Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Shark Bay gets $5.2m multi-purpose facility

    16/09/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • All-weather sport recreation centre to improve regional lifestyle  
    • Doubles as evacuation shelter for 500 people
    • Integrated design developed through community consultation
    All weather sport and recreational activities can now be enjoyed by the Shark Bay community following last night’s official opening of a new purpose-built facility.

    Fisheries Minister Norman Moore, representing the Premier, participated in the official opening on Friday evening of the $5.2million project, which was followed by a basketball match heralding the start of the annual Gascoyne Games.

    Mr Moore said the Shark Bay Community, Sport and Recreation Centre had been planned for more than a decade and was a clear priority for the shire and its residents.

    “This magnificent facility will cater for indoor sport and recreation for the current and future needs of the community, while the secondary functions of the building will offer a gymnasium and performing arts centre which are also important contributors to the quality of regional lifestyles,” he said.

    “The centre will provide meeting venues and be capable of hosting major events and have the capacity to serve as an emergency evacuation shelter, providing safe haven for up to 500 people during an emergency. This modern and functional centre will be an essential asset for the Gascoyne region.”

    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government had provided $3.9million towards construction of the centre.

    “The Shark Bay Community, Sport and Recreation Centre is a flagship project of the Gascoyne Regional Development Plan 2010–2020, under the Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Development Plan,” Mr Grylls said.

    "The project also received $250,000 in funding from the Regional Grants Scheme and the Shire of Shark Bay provided more than $1million."

    Mr Moore said the integrated design was developed following wide community consultation.

    “The lack of appropriate all weather facilities in Shark Bay is detrimental to the organisation of meetings and events, which can add significantly to community development and the growth of business and tourism,” he said.

    “Many thousands of holiday makers make an annual pilgrimage to Shark Bay and Dirk Hartog Island, so providing appropriate facilities for locals as well as the growing tourism market is important to the local economy.”

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