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Craigie Leisure Centre crowned WA Community Facility of the Year

Craigie Leisure Centre has been crowned as one of the premier community leisure and aquatic facilities in WA.

The City of Joondalup took home the community facility of the year award at the Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) Regional Awards of Excellence last Thursday in recognition of the $9.1 million Craigie Leisure Centre refurbishment project.

The centre has achieved a 56 per cent increase in membership over the past 12 months, four years ahead of schedule, pulling the weight left by the closure of the lap pool and Arena Joondalup.

The refurbishment was designed by architects Hodge Collard Preston and funded by the City of Joondalup with $6.2m, and the State Government with $2.9m.

BE Projects undertook the refurbishment in two parts, with the work completed in May 2023.

More than 12 months on, the centre hosts more than 150 group fitness classes per week, and the 1200sqm gym features high-tech gym equipment, increased exercise space for circuit and small group training, and inclusive accessible equipment.

Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob said the award was a fitting accolade and reinforced the City’s and State Government’s decision to invest in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of residents in the northern corridor.

“The city, through its management of Craigie Leisure Centre, is recognised as an industry leader in the provision of community leisure and aquatic facilities and services. This world-class facility only enhances that reputation,” he said.

“Our staff at Craigie Leisure Centre are second to none and fully deserve to be recognised for their efforts. Craigie Leisure Centre is like a family. For more than three decades, there has been a close relationship between those who use our facilities and those who work there, our people. That bond is stronger than ever.”

The city’s refurbishment project will now be considered for the national component of the Parks and Leisure Australia awards, to be announced in Brisbane in October.

“I am confident Craigie can come home with the national title. I wish all involved in this great success story the best of luck,” Mr Jacob said.


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