Lotterywest grant gets ball rolling on $7m revamp of ‘barren’ Princess Wallington park in Balga

An artist's impression of what the spruced up Wallington Park will look like after the upgrade.
Barren no more: An artist's impression of Princess Wallington Park.
An artist's impression of what the spruced up Wallington Park will look like after the upgrade. Barren no more: An artist's impression of Princess Wallington Park.

A $7 MILLION revamp of Balga’s “barren” Princess Wallington Community Parkland has been given the green light thanks to a $2 million grant from Lotterywest.

City of Stirling councillors voted to progress stage one and two of the plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

Balga ward Councillors Keith Sargent and David Boothman welcomed the project.

“Anyone who knows this area will know it is barren…this will create a busy hub that Balga desperately needs,” Cr Sargent said.

“It will link isolated centres and create a community hub.”

City of Stirling began consulting with the Balga community about the project in 2015 and will contribute nearly $5 million to the project in addition to the grant.

A council report said there was a “high level” of community interest in the project throughout the consultation process.

“Given the high level of social, physical and mental health benefits that this project can deliver to one of the City’s most disadvantaged communities, Lotterywest was open to discussing funding opportunities,” the report said.

The project will include:

– Skate facility including floodlighting

– Parkour and youth area

– Multi-courts

– Dirt BMX and mountain bike facility

– Regional playground