John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Tender awarded for AK Reserve athletics and basketball facilities

    15/12/2007 9:40 AM
     
    15/12/07

    The State Government has awarded the tender for the development of athletics and basketball facilities at AK Reserve, to replace the aged Perry Lakes facilities.

    Minister for Sport and Recreation John Kobelke announced the successful tenderer was BGC Construction, with the project to be managed by a BGC Perkins Joint Venture.

    The $73.3million tender (GST exclusive), which forms part of the State Government’s record $21billion capital works program, includes the construction of the two stadiums and site works required in the surrounding precinct in Mt Claremont.

    “The replacement basketball stadium and state athletics centre are desperately needed to replace the outdated and unsafe facilities at Perry Lakes,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “The facilities will be built across the road from the old Perry Lakes Stadium in the sports precinct, which is already home to Challenge Stadium, the Western Australian Institute of Sport and UWA Sports Park.

    “The joint venture will bring to the project significant experience and value for money, and with construction beginning in the next few weeks, the State is on target for completion of the facilities in early 2009.

    “The athletics stadium will become the new state-of-the-art home for athletics in Western Australia with a 2,000 seat grandstand and grassed banking for a further 8,000 people.

    “The basketball stadium will be an eight court facility, including a show court and office space for local clubs and Basketball WA.”

    Mr Kobelke acknowledged the co-operation of the University of Western Australia, which had ensured the new facilities would enhance the whole precinct.

    “The new and existing facilities will create a vibrant and inspiring sporting atmosphere for families and the sporting community to enjoy for decades to come,” he said.

    “The Carpenter Government is using our strong economy to deliver better services.”

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