Scott Morrison pledges $16 million towards proposed state football centre

Scott Morrison at Maniana Park in Queens Park. Photo: Ben Smith.
Scott Morrison at Maniana Park in Queens Park. Photo: Ben Smith.

FOOTBALL West’s coveted state football centre is another step closer to reality after the Federal Liberal Party committed $16.25 million towards the project.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the proposed site at Maniana Park in Queens Park today to pledge money towards the development.

Labor had previously committed $10 million towards the project, pending a victory at the upcoming federal election.

The state football centre would serve as Football West’s administrative base and a world-class training facility for teams such as Perth Glory’s men’s and women’s sides.

Football West have fought for a number of years to secure funding for the project, with previous iterations of the proposed centre considered for Ashfield and Subiaco.

In addition to the commitments at federal level, the centre would almost certainly require state government funding to get off the ground.

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Mr Morrison said the centre would benefit players at both grassroots and professional levels of the game.

“This will become, not only a place for kids to play on these great surfaces, but for elite training facilities to be put in place,” he said.

“For these kids to be able to see the greats of the women’s and men’s football play games here locally will be great for the sport.”

Chairman Sherif Andrawes said the centre would be a “game-changer” capable of providing the sport with the facilities it deserved and its ability to host touring team was an important aspect.

(Left) Swan MLA Steve Irons looks on as Football West chairman Sherif Andrawes speaks. Photo: Ben Smith.

“There’s a lack of facilities in general in WA for a sport which is growing phenomenally.

“We’ll certainly have the facility here to be able to host teams from Asia and Europe and interstate.

“We’re very excited for what this means in the southern corridor, what it means for WA and what it means for Perth.”

Liberal Swan MLA Steve Irons, who had initially started an online petition in support of the project, said the commitment was another step towards turning the electorate into the sporting hub of WA.