Malabar Park project

The City of Cockburn's response to PerthNow Cockburn on 30 May 2022 about the Malabar Park project

Question: What is the situation with the Malabar BMX track at the moment? Is the City looking to fix the issues at the track and if so when?
Currently the project has been fully designed, however cost estimates are $1m over the available budget. The City is investigating funding the $1m shortfall and a report is scheduled to be presented to the 9 June 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting.
Question: Who does this issue currently lie with? Is it the City who is responsible or does it lie with someone else?
The Cockburn BMX Club currently leases the site from the City. Responsibility for maintenance and repairs sits with the club under the lease.
Question: Why has it taken so long to fix the deteriorating issues of the track?
The track and supporting infrastructure maintenance is the club’s responsibility. The club has not maintained the track in recent times in anticipation the site will be redeveloped.
Question: Can you tell me exactly what is wrong with the track from the City’s point of view?
There were no major issues with track itself – when maintained (pre March 2020), the track was in good condition. The structures supporting the track (e.g. toilets, canteen, lighting, parking) are in poor condition, not fit for purpose and do not support the club long term. Subsequently, the City proposes to redevelop the site, which includes upgrading and re-orientating the track to better suit the users and overall site drainage, a new start ramp in line with the sports requirements, a building that supports the club's functions and the other local group Friends of the Community Inc., new sports lighting, car parking and a pump track and playground to support wider community use.
Question: Does the City acknowledge there has been a delay in fixing the problems or is there a reason for why this has happened?
The site is an old municipal landfill that presents many challenges and possible risks from a structural and environmental perspective. The City has needed to spend time working with consultants and State Government departments to ensure there are plans in place to mitigate the possible risks involved in redeveloping the site.
Question: Is there anything else the City would like to say in regard to this issue?
The Club has been kept up to date with possible timing during the duration of the design however it has always been contingent on receiving endorsement from the Contaminated Sites Auditor that the design mitigates the associated risks.

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