Cockburn ARC Evolution

Project Status


Project Type

Infrastructure & Buildings


Start: Early 2024 Finish: Early 2025



Cockburn ARC and the Fremantle Dockers are planning to expand their facilities, with works expected to commence in 2024. Shelford Constructions have been appointed by the City of Cockburn to undertake the works.


Since opening in 2017, Cockburn ARC has been embraced by the community. The centre has exceeded expectations in terms of attendance and membership. The City began exploring ways to evolve the facility in 2019.

Following extensive community consultation, the City of Cockburn Council adopted the approach to partner with Fremantle Football Club to implement a project of expansion benefitting both organisations. The community was also invited to provide submissions in response to a business plan to enter into a major land transaction in accordance with the local government act in  mid 2023.

Expanded facilities and features

The City’s additions to Cockburn ARC will include:
  • Increasing gym floorspace to 1,500sqm
  • Increasing the body mind and soul studio to 250sqm
  • Relocating the main group fitness and indoor cycle studios
  • Relocating administration space to increase gym floor space.
The expansion project will also include new shared facilities between the City and the FFC adjacent to the Victor George Kailis Oval, including:
  • Two unisex community changerooms to suit all grades and abilities of community football
  • One changeroom dedicated to female talent and community female football
  • A multipurpose education and meeting space
  • Spectator terrace and public amenities.
The partnership between the City and Fremantle Dockers will allow economies of scale and cost sharing for elements of the expanded facility design, as well as a shorter disruption period for members.

Funding for the evolution

The project has been funded by a range of contributors, including:
  • The City of Cockburn - $10.2m
  • Fremantle Football Club and AFL - $3.15m
  • The State Government - $2.5m
  • The WA  Football Commission and AFL - $350,000.
For more details including the progress of the works and the impact on members, please visit Cockburn ARC's dedicated website page.
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