Dixon Reserve

Project Justification

The City of Cockburn is forecasting a considerable amount of growth in its western suburbs (Hamilton Hill, North Coogee, Coogee, Spearwood and Munster) with the population expected to increase by 68 per cent to around 56,000 residents over the next 20 years.

However there are limited opportunities within the area to develop new reserves and facilities that address a shortfall of public open space. The potential expansion of existing reserves and facilities is the only significant opportunity to provide new facilities.

Dixon Reserve has been identified as the primary site for the development of an integrated sport and recreation hub. It is currently a passive reserve which includes a nature playspace, pump track and the Wally Hagan Recreation Centre. The reserve is a former landfill site and will require extensive remediation and re-turfing to allow active sports to occur on the site.

The recreation centre has reached the end of its useful life and has been identified to be demolished and a new integrated sport and recreation facility developed. The facility is no longer capable of servicing the growing needs of the community due to a lack of multipurpose spaces and insufficient courts. This limits any potential for broader community access for a variety of other sports and recreation pursuits. It is also the only indoor sport and recreation centre in the local with the nearest being the Cockburn ARC – 9.2km away.

Dixon Reserve presents an opportunity to create an additional 1.8 hectares in active open space. This would support the shortfall of active open space is accessible to the community for the next 
 10-20 years.

Funding Breakdown

Recreation Centre

Development of a six court multipurpose indoor sports stadium.


Active reserves

The active reserves would include the development of an AFL-size oval, two new rectangular playing fields and lighting.


Passive recreation

Development of a bike pump track, skate park, seating and pathways.


Other infrastructure

There would need to be additional infrastructure to support the development including improved storm water management and drainage improvements, car parking, traffic management and external signage.


Project Benefits

The catchment area serviced by Dixon Reserve will be significantly larger than just the City’s western suburbs given the lack of facilities of this size within the region. It is estimated that around 5,000 residents will use this facility each week.

The design of the reserve is intended to be completed with the principles of being flexible and multipurpose to allow for a variety of sporting codes.

The six court stadium will be multipurpose and provide opportunities for a wide variety of sporting codes such as, basketball, indoor soccer, netball and volleyball.

How many estimated jobs will the project create?

  • Construction phase: 56 jobs in Cockburn
  • 172 jobs in the Australian economy
  • Ongoing: 8 jobs 

Contact Details

City of Cockburn, 
Phone: 08 9411 3444
Email: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au


Cam McCarthy - Fremantle Dockers player and supporter of GAPP

Cam McCarthy, a local from Spearwood who plays for the Dockers on how beneficial the new Cockburn ARC facility has been to the club and to local members.

Anna Davey - Australia's No. 1 climber and supporter of GAPP

Anna Davey, a local resident, Australia's overall number 1 climber and supporter of our GAPP campaign for more world-class sport facilities.

Peter Marr - President of Cockburn Masters Swimming Club

Hear from Peter on how the new Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club facilities were the main reason for a 30% increase in membership numbers and improved performance at the club.

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