IT is an announcement five years in the pipeline for the women and girls at Rossmoyne Netball Club.
A commitment of $120,000 of state money was pledged to the club to combine with money the club has independently raised for toilets, storage and meeting rooms.
The grant, promised by Riverton MLA Mike Nahan and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey, would come if the Liberal Party were re-elected.
Club past president Lana Glogowski said it was a welcome announcement for the club, which had lobbied local government and independently held fundraisers to help pay for the upgrades.
“We fundraised through cake stalls and quiz nights for the project and attempted to negotiate with the City of Canning who is coming around to our way of thinking,” she said.
“The problem is there is a facility on the reserve but our girls train in winter, during the evenings and our club is predominantly junior players and if they want to go to the toilet they have to walk in the dark with a parent…it’s been a huge imposition for us.
“We also have no storage; we have more than 350 players and 30 coaches who are supplied with an incredible duplication of resources and things go missing.”
Dr Nahan said he was thrilled to see the club in line for potential funding.
“They have put forward planning, parts, materials and this money would help you and I promise to continue to help make sure the City council doesn’t blow out costs or dumb down the building,” he said.
“This club has had stable committee and is well managed so it really is a pleasure to be able to promise this money.”
Mrs Harvey said helping grass roots club was her favourite part of the job.
The pair went on to Riverton’s Corinthian Park Tennis Club and promised a re-elected Liberal Government would spend $50,000 to upgrade facilities there also.