Federal Government Funding Welcomed for Whitfords Nodes Park Health and Wellbeing Hub
The proposed Health and Wellbeing Hub at Whitfords Nodes Park, Hillarys has taken another big step forward with the City of Joondalup to receive $500,000 in Federal Government funding to bring the project to fruition.
Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough MP announced the funding as part of the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure (CSI) grant program.
The Health and Wellbeing Hub will include construction of a stairway on the northern dune where users can undertake a vigorous exercise regime, running or walking up and down the incline as well as upgrades to running tracks and the existing path network.
Other elements of the project will revitalise the park into a regional play space and improve parkland amenities and furniture, including new drinking fountains and bottle refill stations, picnic shelters and park furniture, as well as fixed outdoor fitness equipment.
Community consultation for the project undertaken in late-2017 showed that 87 per cent of respondents indicated they strongly supported or supported the overall proposal.
The City committed funding towards construction costs and has been successful in receiving grant funding for the project from Lotterywest and the Federal Government.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the Health and Wellbeing Hub project was eagerly-anticipated by the local and wider community.
“Attracting visitors to our City is a priority and this project will not only enhance the amenity and usability of the park for local residents, it will also draw substantial visitor traffic from outside the northern corridor,” Mayor Jacob said.
“The City is also committed to fostering active and healthy lifestyle opportunities that projects like the Health and Wellbeing Hub provide as recreational activities play a vital role in building and engaging communities and enhancing community spirit.”
Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie says: “The Liberal and Nationals Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports, which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities such as the Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Hub.”
Mr Goodenough said “We are lucky enough to live along a remarkable stretch of coastline and this project will provide an opportunity for locals to enjoy it while improving their overall health and wellbeing.”
Construction on the Health and Wellbeing Hub is set to commence in the 2019/20 financial year.