WILLETTON Basketball Association (WBA) chairman Phil Nixon has welcomed a decision by the City of Canning to grant $40,000 towards the consultation fees ahead of a federal application for upgrades.
TomorrowCanning councillors are expected to endorse a $40,000 grant towards the application process for the $10 million stadium expansion.
Mr Nixon said it was good news for the association, which hopes to send a formal application to the Federal Government for $5.2 million though the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).
“We see (the money) as a much welcome gesture and an example of the commitment to the project by the City of Canning,” he said.
The project would eventually need a $2.2 million loan through council and additional State Funds.
The WBA has raised more than $650,000 for the project.
“We always knew it would be a rigid process, but as long as council agrees to support the process, we will pressure the State Government and, once we have that we will apply for stage four of NSRF,” Mr Nixon said.
Mr Nixon said applications closed late August.
Other potential winners in tonight’s budget include $405,000 toward new playground equipment and upgrades, $200,000 on the installation of shade sails for various playgrounds, $40.4m major road and traffic improvements, dependent on Federal funding for the Cecil Avenue project.
A further $3.1m for park developments, including Bunning Park and Kent Street Weir, $715,000 to refurbish the Riverton Leisureplex, $1.16m for regeneration of the City Centre and $283,000 on Library automation.
The City is poised to spend $328,000 on Leisureplex and Library management systems including online bookings and $375,000 on conservation works including creek and bushland restoration.
It is predicted the budget will have a $325,000 surplus.