An outstanding 50 per cent increase in patron usage in the last quarter at HBF Arena, managed and owned by VenuesWest can be attributed to population growth in Perth’s northern corridor, award-winning facilities and a diverse range of programs.

“From July to September more than 281,000 patrons visited the venue, which is 50 percent above the same time last year,” VenuesWest Chairman Graham Partridge OAM said.

Latest figures released by VenuesWest show:

  • 91 per cent of patrons attended HBF Arena for community use such as sporting functions, childcare, and recreational programs
  • Eight per cent for elite sport use, and
  • One per cent for commercial use.

“HBF Arena is also the proud home of multiple community sporting competitions including rugby, netball and hockey,” Mr Partridge said.

This skew towards community use demonstrates the importance of the venue to the community in the region and indicates we have a program or function available that caters for many interests and ages.

“The results clearly indicate a combination of factors including record levels of population growth migrating to the Northern Suburbs over the last few years and our award winning Health and Fitness Centre, which has retained its Gold Quality Award status from Fitness Australia for the third year in a row,” Mr Partridge said.

“It is also a result of us having a broad range of activities available to all age groups such as Swim School, Splash and Bounce, child care, Kids Gym, Fit Club, Junior Triathlon Training and many more.”

Figures from the City of Wanneroo, the next suburb east of Joondalup, show the suburb is attracting record levels of population growth with 21 new residents residing within the area every day. This is an average population growth of 8000 people each year.

In 2013, the City of Joondalup estimated the resident population grew to more than 167,000.

These numbers are driven by rapid development of housing estates on the urban fringe and the employment opportunities available thanks to the economic development and investment into roads, construction and transport in Perth’s Northern Growth Corridor.

VenuesWest is Western Australia’s provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues and its portfolio includes the new and world class Perth Arena and the redeveloped nib Stadium. Recently the State Government confirmed that the new Perth Stadium would join the VenuesWest portfolio when completed in 2018.

These are in addition to HBF Stadium, HBF Arena, WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre, Midvale Speeddome, Perth Motorplex, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre and the WA Rugby Centre, with the State Netball Centre and the Western Australian Institute of Sports High Performance Service Centre under construction currently.