Whitfords Nodes Park Health and Wellbeing Hub Gets Lotterywest Boost

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The proposed Health and Wellbeing Hub at Whitfords Nodes Park, Hillarys is another step closer with the City of Joondalup receiving a grant of $719,266 from Lotterywest to go towards construction of the much-anticipated project.

The Lotterywest grant has provided vital funding for elements of the project that 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.

The Health and Wellbeing Hub will also incorporate upgrades to running tracks and the existing path network, and construction of a stairway on the northern dune where users can undertake a vigorous exercise regime, running or walking up and down the incline.

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 applied for grant funding from Lotterywest and the Federal Government through the Commonwealth Sport Infrastructure grant program.

Lotterywest’s support is thanks to those that play their games and the small businesses that sell them, with money raised from tickets going directly back to the WA community.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was delighted to have the support of Lotterywest and looks forward to continuing to work on bringing the project to fruition.

“The Health and Wellbeing Hub at Whitfords Nodes Park is a high priority for the City of Joondalup and an eagerly anticipated project in the local community, and we are very fortunate that Lotterywest has provided a vital source of support,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The City is committed to fostering active and healthy lifestyle opportunities for the local community and recognises the vital role recreational activities play in building and engaging communities and enhancing community spirit.

“Attracting visitors to our City is also 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.”

Lotterywest was proud to partner with City of Joondalup and support Western Australians to live healthy lifestyles, said CEO Susan Hunt PSM.

“With the new development, Whitfords Nodes Park will no doubt become a popular destination for the community to be active together outdoors, taking advantage of our wonderful Western Australian climate,” Ms Hunt said.

The City will continue to seek Federal grant funding towards the project and construction on the hub could commence in the 2019/20 financial year.