With new Regional Development Minister Warren Truss announcing there would be a re-evaluation of the $10 million in federal funding for the recreation centre at Cockburn Central West ” a joint project between the City of Cockburn and the Fremantle Dockers ” Dr Pettitt said he would welcome the opportunity to build better facilities with the Dockers locally if they were to stay.
‘During the grand final 40,000 people sat or stood on South Terrace, and in other Fremantle spots, and watched the game,’ he said.
‘The Dockers have something the West Coast Eagles would die for ” the focal point of Fremantle. The Eagles’ home base is somewhere between Albany and Broome. Their supporters have nowhere to go when they win.
‘Dockers supporters voted with their feet during the 2013 finals series. They demonstrated their heartland is Freo.’
A spokesperson for the Fremantle Dockers has denied reports the club might be looking to back out of the deal and stay in Fremantle.
‘The two meetings with the Fremantle Council have both been to do with our presence in Fremantle post our relocation to Cockburn,’ the club said.
Dr Pettitt backed that up, but reiterated that regardless of where the training ground ends up, the Dockers must maintain a presence in the city.