18 April 2013

$1.5million to improve Champion Lakes

  • Armadale

The State Government will spend $1.5m to improve water quality at the world-class Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. 

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the Government was working hard to ensure the long-term infrastructure at the venue was effective and the water body itself was meeting or exceeding all necessary standards. 

“Champion Lakes Regatta Centre is a great facility not only for Armadale, but for all of Western Australia,” Mr Waldron said. 

“The Government’s vision is to see this outstanding venue developed to a higher level than ever before to be the best of its kind in Australia.”

As part of the Government’s commitment to maintaining premier sporting facilities, $1.5m will be spent at Champion Lakes to better manage salinity levels and improve the quality of the water. 

In order to best meet the needs of the venue, stakeholders of Champion Lakes have been invited to provide input into the planning process for future capital expenditure for the venue. 

The Minister said the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre had already hosted elite events, including this month’s 2013 Australian Canoe Sprint Championships, attended by 16 Olympians. In 2012, the venue hosted both the Australia Open Water Swimming Championships and the Australian Rowing Championships. 

“This Government is committed to continually looking at ways of attracting high calibre sporting events to WA,” he said. 

Fact File

  • Centre transferred from Armadale Redevelopment Authority to VenuesWest in January 2012.
  • Other events coming up include Rowing WA Pennant Regatta and Head of the River.
  • In 2011-12 there were nearly three million visits to VenuesWest venues and 2,945 events.

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