Armadale Development Authority

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Contact:
John Ellis

Email:
john.ellis@ara.wa.gov.au

Website:
http://www.ara.wa.gov.au

Phone:
(08) 9399 0000

Fax:
(08) 9399 9422

Mobile:
0407 121 227

Address:
Unit 5, 210-220 Jull Street
Armadale WA 6112

The revitalization of the Armadale Kelmscott area is one of W.A's largest and most ambitious urban renewal projects.  Instrumental in driving all of this is the Armadale Re-development Authority and the jewel in the ARA’s crown is the impressive Champion Lakes development.

Champion Lakes is the largest manmade Lake in the Southern Hemisphere.  Covering a massive 55 hectares and surrounding 6 habitat islands, many West Australians wouldn’t believe that it’s right here in their own backyard. It's the only international standard, purpose built, Rowing, Dragon Boating and Kayaking facility in W.A. and one of only two in Australia.  This facility puts Champion Lakes on the world map.

It has been built to exacting standards to cater for international competition in these sports and can also host Triathlons, swimming events and cycling.  To quote a famous Hollywood movie “If you build it they will come” and these words ring true here.  The endeavour of the ARA has received just recognition.  Champion Lakes recently hosted the 2009 “Head of the River” and will host the National Masters rowing competition next year.

Just as importantly, Champion Lakes is a facility for the people - not just the sporting elite.  In fact the whole area has become a major recreational park for resident’s right through the South eastern metro area. The public are able to use the Lake for recreational paddling and the pathways for cycling and walking.  It also has a fantastic public beach for swimming or just chilling out.

As impressive as it already is, the Armadale Re-development Authority’s vision is far from complete.  An Aboriginal Interpretive Centre will begin construction this year as well as further landscaping and development of the lake itself.  Topping it all off will be a white-water park and a 15 Hectare Commercial precinct.