Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre

The Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC) is a venue available for hire by the local community and is a place for environmental education. We aim to promote environmental awareness, respect for Noongar Boodja and encourage positive behavioural change towards sustainable living practices.

Contact Details

Office hours vary depending on bookings within the centre.  Please ensure you make an appointment if you wish to speak to a staff member to avoid disappointment.

For all enquiries relating to venue hire bookings and centre information, please contact our Facilities Support Officer,Janet McGinty.

For enquiries regarding school education programs and sustainable-living events, please contact our Environmental Education Officer, Sarah-Jane McMahon.

For all enquiries regarding City of Melville environmental volunteering opportunities, please contact our Environmental Community Liaison Officer, Brian Walker.

Location

The PLEEC is situated within Piney Lakes Reserve, on the corner of Leach Highway and Murdoch Drive, Winthrop. Vehicle entry access to the PLEEC is via Leach Highway (west-bound only), between Murdoch Drive and Riseley Street.

Transport and Parking

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC) is easily accessible using public transport as there are bus stops on both sides of Leach Highway adjacent to the PLEEC entrance. Regular services run from Bull Creek or Fremantle Train Station. 

There is a large turning circle at the entrance to the building for easy access for private bus services. The main car-park has a 50 vehicle capacity and is a short walk from the PLEEC. There is one ACROD car-park available at the PLEEC entrance.

An alternative car park is accessible from Murdoch Drive and is located next to the Sensory Play Park. This is recommended for visitors who wish to use the walk trails through the reserve.

Venue Hire

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC) has two function rooms and a grassed amphitheatre available to hire by the local community. The centre aims to minimise its impact on the local environment by using alternative sources of energy and reducing waste.

Hours

The centre is available for hire with staff support between 9.00am and 3.00pm, week-days.  After those hours a closing and opening fee is charged for accessing the building.

Venue Facilities

Venue hire includes full access to kitchen facilities and a tea trolley with urns, cups, saucers, spoons and side plates. Chairs and tables are included in the cost of hire and the room can be rearranged to suit the individual hirer. Whiteboards, screens and a range of audio visual equipment is also available for hire upon request.

There are two independent function rooms available for hire which both open to an expansive verandah with views of Piney Lakes Reserve.

  • Rotary Function Room: capacity of 80 people (theatre-style seating), or up to 55 (seated at tables)
  • Lotteries Function Room: capacity of 70 people (theatre-style seating), or up to 50 (seated at tables)

The Centre is only fifteen minutes from both Perth and Fremantle and has parking spaces for 50 cars. Public transport is also readily accessible nearby.

Conditions of Hire

The centre is available for hire by local community and small business groups of all kinds. Due to limitations associated with toilets, parking and cleaning requirements we do not accommodate high impact social events with large numbers that generate excessive amounts of waste or noise such as 21st birthday celebrations etc.

All hirers of the venue must have appropriate Public Liability Insurance or complete a City of Melville Public Liability Disclaimer (if applicable).

View more information on conditions of hire.

Venue Hire Costs

View and download PLEEC venue hire fees and charges.

Make a Booking

For all enquiries relating to PLEEC venue hire, or to make a booking, email Janet McGinty.

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