Sporting hub helped

Member for Riverton Mike Nahan intercepts a handpass from City of Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds to Sports Minister Terry Waldron.
Member for Riverton Mike Nahan intercepts a handpass from City of Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds to Sports Minister Terry Waldron.

The $1million grant for the sports club will be matched by the City of Canning to improve the building and return nine local sports clubs to their former headquarters.

Sports Minister Terry Waldron said the clubhouse was a hub of activity for 30,000 people in the Riverton area.

‘It is a focal point for youngsters and a social centre, but it is old and needs attention to better serve the community,’ he said.

Riverton MLA Mike Nahan said it had been a long saga but the refurbishment of the clubhouse would improve its standing in the community.

‘It has been well loved by people through the various phases in their lives, as kids and as adults with kids of their own,’ he said.

City of Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds said the improvements would help community involvement, but not to the extent it once did.

‘It won’t be what it was 20 years ago, but it will be a good facility,’ he said.

Mr Reynolds said the club’s bar, which had been a primary revenue earner, would not bring in as much money due to modern attitudes and policing of drink driving.

He said the city had not forgotten the needs of other clubs and sporting projects.

But the city’s priority was planning for council reform and how funding would be used until then.

Willetton Senior High School will receive $17 million for redevelopments, including a new science block and classrooms for the first intake of Year 7 students.

Principal Chris Booth said the classrooms should be finished for the end of 2014 and the rest of the building would be rolled out progressively until 2015.