The City of Gosnells celebrated the completion of the Thornlie Park Centre this week.

Councillors, City staff and representatives from the Australian Government, Lotterywest, Thornlie Bowling Club and Thornlie Tennis Club gathered to inspect the centre, which is expected to be open for full use very shortly.

Mayor David Goode said the project incorporates new purpose-built facilities for the bowling club and tennis club, as well as community facilities available for hire.

“We are very excited to see this much-anticipated project come to fruition,” he said.

“After years of operating with ageing facilities, the Thornlie Bowling Club and Thornlie Tennis Club will move into their new premises very soon, giving them direct access to the existing bowling greens and tennis courts.”

Jointly funded by the City of Gosnells, Australian Government, Lotterywest, Thornlie Bowling Club and Tennis Australia, the Thornlie Park Centre includes:

  • A community hall able to accommodate up to 200 people, with kitchen and servery area
  • A combined function and bowling club members’ area with kitchen, bar, storage facilities and player amenities
  • A tennis clubroom area, with offices, storage, kiosk and servery
  • A 100-bay car park, with new service entrance on Thornlie Avenue

The building also uses Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles to increase passive surveillance, including large windows to reduce blind spots and energy-saving measures such as solar roof panels, window glazing, roof and wall insulation, wide verandahs for sun protection and high ceilings for good ventilation.

Member for Burt, Matt Keogh welcomed the completion of the centre.

“After years of working to get this project over the line, it’s fantastic to see it come to life,” he said.

“This centre will be a fabulous community resource for many years to come.”

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire said he looked forward to the centre being open to the community.

“This is a wonderful new asset and will be a boon to both the bowling and tennis clubs and the community as a whole,” he said.