Harvey Rec Centre proves popular after a long wait

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Harvey Recreation and Cultuaral Centre manager David Marshall and Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett jump fpr joy as the centre opens for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.
Camera IconHarvey Recreation and Cultuaral Centre manager David Marshall and Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett jump fpr joy as the centre opens for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

The gym was pumping and the courts were buzzing at the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre last week.

The centre was opened for the first time in three months after being forced to shut during the peak of the pandemic.

Harvey shire president Paul Gillett and centre manager David Marshall were delighted to have the facility reopened.

“It is fantastic to have this great community hub back up and running,” Cr Gillett said.

“I think COVID-19 really made people appreciate the wonderful facilities we have within our shire.”

Cr Gillett said the centre was enjoyed by people of all ages and the new upgrades were coming along nicely.

“The renovations should be finished by the end of July.”

The $2 million dollar upgrade will be home to new cricket and hockey clubrooms, an umpires’ room, a commercial kitchen and a viewing deck.

“It will give many sporting clubs somewhere to go and a place to call their own,” Cr Gillett said.

He also said there were plans to move the Harvey Hawks soccer oval to the recreation ground in the heart of town.

The Hawks currently play at Meriden Park, however, they could be playing at a new home ground in the future.

“Drainage works are being undertaken at the recreation ground to prepare for a potential pitch,” Cr Gillett said.

He said there were big plans for the multi-use facility and commended the work of Mr Marshall and centre staff.

“This will be a major drawcard for all kinds of events,” he said.

“It is just over an hour’s drive from Perth and could host many carnivals and big events.

“I believe we could hold future AFLW games, T-20 matches, Perth Glory games and even AFL pre-season matches at our state-of-the-art ground.”

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