Sutherlands Park

Project Justification

At 68.1 hectares in size, Sutherlands Park is the largest active open space in the City of Gosnells. The site was initially developed in the early 1970s, with much of the original infrastructure coming to the end of its useful life.

The site is already extensively used by a number of well-established user groups engaged in a range of activities and with a combined membership in excess of 1,800 individuals. Due to the aging facilities, there is no capacity for any new sporting activities or clubs to be accommodated at the site or for existing groups to expand.

Sutherlands Park is situated in an area of significant urban expansion in the fastest growth part of the City. The current population of the adjacent suburbs is just over 53,500 and is expected to grow to 81,000 by 2036.

The current facilities already service between three and six times the recommended catchment population and will not be able to deal with the 52 per cent increase in population.

Funding Breakdown

Aquatics and Recreation Centre

Indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor play pool, kiosk, change rooms;
indoor sports court and gymnasium


Community hub

Retail and commercial lease spaces; community centre


Active reserves

Three sports fields, change rooms, club rooms, kiosk, lighting and umpires rooms


Passive recreation

Playground, dog park and picnic areas


Other infrastructure

Storm water management, drainage, operations facility, skate park, car parking and improved traffic management.


Project Benefits

The reserve will service residents from Huntingdale, Canning Vale, Southern River and Gosnells. As a regional open space the reserve will also attract users from a wide catchment area, particularly residents of suburbs in the northern part of Armadale such as Harrisdale and Piara Waters.

Seventeen clubs currently use the dated facilities and reserves with activities including AFL, soccer, hockey, cricket, softball and archery.  The current facility has no spare capacity for the schools which are planned or being built within the surrounding suburbs.

Currently, the City of Gosnells has the third lowest availability of public swimming pool lanes in the Perth metropolitan area, and a new aquatic centre would deliver much need facilities for the local community.

How many estimated jobs will the project create?

  • Construction phase: over 3,000 
  • Ongoing: over 100

Contact Details

City of Gosnells CEO, Ian Cowie
Phone: 08 93973270


Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst talks to Caitlin Porter

Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst talks to Caitlin Porter, Commonwealth Games silver medallist for boxing, about the need for sporting facilities close to home for a healthier and more connected community. 

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