York Recreation & Convention Centre

Position Statement

The York Shire Council is extremely proud that the long term, large scale project to co-locate sport and recreation facilities and to provide a high quality community hub is nearing the completion of stage 3.

On current work projections the 8 new synthetic tennis courts will be in operation in early February, 2 new 7 rink synthetic bowling greens will be in use by Easter and lighting of tennis, bowls and netball will be completed in March.

The Recreation Centre incorporates new changerooms, gymnasium with Parents Room, Committee Room, commercial kitchen, bar and function area and including facilities that are inclusive of our community members with mobility issues.

The building has been designed to assist local tourism based operations by attracting conventions, seminars and training courses with the spin-off of accommodation, meals, entertainment, shopping and other services to support local businesses.

Application has been made for a Tavern Licence to replace the existing licence held by the York Bowling Club and the occasional licence system used by the individual sports clubs.

The liquor licence is not in competition with other outlets and it will not incorporate a bottle shop – it is simply a variation on what is already operating at the Forrest Oval facilities.

The business plan for the development clearly depicted a liquor licence and meals as part of the overall service provision and this was fully advertised for public information and comment.

The objectives of the Forrest Oval Redevelopment Project are:

  • To provide high quality sport and recreation facilities to meet current and future needs.
  • To minimise water use and facilities maintenance by the use of appropriate surfaces.
  • To provide a facility suitable for community social activities.
  • To act as a community hub to recognise the importance of sport and recreation in the social fabric of the community.
  • To support tourism and businesses in York by providing high quality convention facilities to attract corporate visitors.
  • To operate a viable and sustainable facility for the overall benefit of the community.

The new facilities and services are aimed at improving the liveability of York, providing quality sports surfaces, encouraging community use, complementing existing businesses and positioning York as a regional centre.

If information is required about the centre or its future operations please contact the Manager, Allison Brown, on 9641 2233 / recreation@york.wa.gov.au.

January 2012