The history of Lords
In the late 1970s Lords was an indoor cricket centre.
In 1983 the centre was sold to Laurie Potter who owned a chain of health clubs.
In 1993 Lords Indoor Sports Centre was sold to Kerry Stokes who purchased it primarily as the training centre for the Wildcats.
Lords continued to operate as a sporting centre including health and fitness until December 2008 when it closed.
The City of Subiaco took over the Lords operation and reopened the doors on 4 July 2009. After twenty-four months of operation Lords has over 3000 members and plays host to over 440 sporting teams per week, recording an annual attendance of over 500 000 patrons.
Following the development and adoption of a business plan to operate Lords, council resolved on 25 March 2009 for an initial operation of between five and ten years, and that after this time a review must be conducted to determine the medium to long-term future of the service and the site.
The council report at the time recommended a review be undertaken to re-examine the Lords site and complex to assess whether:
the city continues to run the recreation facility
temporarily leasing out the Lords complex for similar usage
developing the site as a residential/commercial area within the context of the proposed development of the adjoining China Green site.
Lords review FAQs
Why is Lords being reviewed?
The review of Lords is being undertaken to meet the resolution of council’s March 2009 meeting.
The review is based around three alternative outcomes identified in the minutes, which include:
retention of Lords Recreation Centre as a City of Subiaco managed facility
leasing of part or all of the site for a similar or alternate activity by a third party
redevelopment of the site to accommodate residential and commercial development.
What will happen to my membership if Lords closes?
In the event that the City of Subiaco ceases operation of Lords, all unused membership periods will be refunded as at the closure/changeover date.
What is the timeframe for the review?
The city will appoint a consultant to undertake the review in late 2013. It is expected that a report will be presented to council in February 2014, which will provide a basis for them to make a decision on the future of Lords on behalf of the community.
Will I be able to provide input into the review process?
The community will have a chance to have input through the community consultation phase, which is expected to commence in July 2013.
What will happen to the site if Lords is demolished?
Any development proposals will need to go through the city’s development applications process.
Will the review consider relocating Lords?
No. The remit of the review is for options for the future of Lords at its current location.
Will the review look at the Lords car park?
No; however, council have committed budget in 2014 for redevelopment of undeveloped land in the existing Lords car park if they decide, as a result of the review, to continue Lords in its current form.
Will the consultant consider the impact the possible closure of Lords will have on the community to access sport and recreation activities?
Looking at alternative sport and recreation facilities within close proximity to Lords is outside the scope of the review.
Who can I contact for more information?
A full copy of the consultant brief is available from Lords reception.
For more information, please contact Cheyne Cameron, Manager Recreation Services at Lords on (08) 6229 6600 or send an email.