Building a vision for Cabravale Leisure Centre as a Health and Wellbeing Precinct
On many occasions over the past few years, Council has put forward visions to meet the needs of our growing community.
Fairfield Youth and Community Centre and the Adventure Park precinct were visions which started many years ago, and over time have been delivered for local families. Aquatopia was another major project that was developed over many years to meet the needs of families in our region. They all started with a vision and have now developed into unique facilities and services for our community and the south west Sydney region.
Several years ago, Council also had a vision to develop Fairfield Showground into a unique community hub for sporting and cultural events. Work is now underway to make this vision a reality for our community.
Earlier this month I launched Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan which outlines Council’s commitment to making our City inclusive and accessible for everyone. Fairfield City has one of the highest numbers of people living with disability in NSW. We have an ageing community and our residents have some of the poorest health in the State.
So tonight, I ask Councillors to look into the future, and start another journey with the development of a masterplan to transform the Cabravale Leisure Centre into a Health and Wellbeing Precinct. This proposal will meet the needs of the community including seniors, people living with disability and people recovering from health conditions.
Council owns and manages three leisure centres, each one playing an important role for our community. Prairiewood Leisure Centre has become a centre which specialises in families. The role of Fairfield Leisure Centre will evolve over time to ensure we meet the future needs of our City. Together, our three leisure centres will be tailored to meet the diverse needs of our community, while still providing everything a community expects from a leisure centre.
The masterplan for Cabravale Leisure Centre would explore opportunities for rehabilitation services and other medical support. It could also provide facilities for National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients as well as options for short-term accommodation to help patients with their rehabilitation. With this proposal, Council has a unique opportunity to create something special for our City and the region.
Cabravale Leisure Centre could become a regional significant facility and it should be one of our priorities through the City Deals process. We need to work in partnership with the State and Federal Governments to transform it into a Health and Wellbeing Precinct. It’s also important that Council continues to have ‘shovel ready’ projects in the wings so that we can continue to attract funding to our City.
So tonight, I am informing my fellow Councillors that I am requesting Council officers to investigate the development of a masterplan to transform the facilities at Cabravale Leisure Centre into a Health and Wellbeing Precinct for the region, providing specialist services to meet the needs of the community including seniors, people living with disability and people recovering from health conditions.
MAYOR OF FAIRFIELD CITY
22 August 2017