Maylands MLA promises funding boost for local sporting clubs


Bayswater Tennis Club coach Anthony Harbrow, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and president Dan Kerrigan.
Bayswater Tennis Club coach Anthony Harbrow, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and president Dan Kerrigan.

MAYLANDS MLA Lisa Baker has pledged $510,000 to improve facilities and youth programs at five sporting clubs if WA Labor is elected in the State Election.

Labor would fund new facilities, repairs, upgrades, capital equipment and youth programs for Bayswater Tennis Club, Bayswater City Soccer Club, Bayswater Bowling Club, Maylands Tennis Club and Maylands Sports and Recreation Club.

Liberal candidate for Maylands Amanda Madden said if elected, she would work to source funding for the clubs through the State Government’s $4.5 million commitment over three years to repair and replace lighting at sporting grounds.

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Morley MLA Ian Britza said Bayswater City Soccer Club would receive $150,000 to satisfy its application for better lighting at Pat O’Hara Reserve.

“While those funding discussions are ongoing at this stage, I have already been fighting to secure some of those funds for the improvement of facilities at our local sporting clubs,” he said.

Ms Baker said Labor’s promise would come from the redirected $1.4 billion Roe 8 project funds.

“Bayswater City Soccer Club will receive $100,000 towards the expansion of its successful youth development program,” she said.

“The Bayswater Bowling Club has seen a significant increase in membership numbers as a result of its alliance with the Street Roller Hockey League.

“This funding will allow the club to redevelop its outdoor area, which includes a community barbecue and children’s play area.

“WA Labor will provide $50,000 towards much needed upgrades to the outdated green-grey surfacing and uneven lighting conditions at the Maylands Tennis Club.”

Ms Baker said Maylands Sports and Recreation Club would receive $10,000 to improve its kitchen.

She said Bayswater Tennis Club would receive $300,000 towards its $1.4 million clubhouse project to construct new facilities and upgrade its courts.

Bayswater Tennis Club president Dan Kerrigan said Labor’s promise would fill a funding gap for their new clubhouse, which already obtained $750,000 from the Federal Government, $150,000 in reserve funding from the City of Bayswater and $50,000 of their own funds.

“We are probably one of the top five clubs in Perth in terms of participation of teams…we cannot have anymore because we do not have enough courts,” he said.

“I am quietly confident especially with the opportunity from what Labor has put up that we will certainly meet that goal of funding the new clubhouse.”