Beale Park nets $9 million makeover

(L-R): Cockburn City Soccer Club member Jason Petkovic, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Cockburn City Soccer Club President Heidi Lazzaro and City of Cockburn Recreation & Community Safety Manager Travis Moore at Beale Park, Spearwood.
(L-R): Cockburn City Soccer Club member Jason Petkovic, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Cockburn City Soccer Club President Heidi Lazzaro and City of Cockburn Recreation & Community Safety Manager Travis Moore at Beale Park, Spearwood.
Cockburn City Soccer Club has received an injection of state and local government funding to transform their home at Beale Park, one of Cockburn’s largest reserves.

The City of Cockburn’s Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018-2033 highlighted the need for upgraded clubrooms, improved lighting and parking and expanded playing space, all of which will be upgraded as part of the redevelopment.

Of all the sporting reserves and facilities slated for development in the 15-year plan, Beale Park’s works will be the second most expensive, behind only the planned Cockburn Coast Oval and clubrooms.

The centrepiece of the redevelopment will be a new 1000sqm clubroom to replace their current building, described as “run-down” by Cockburn City president Heidi Lazzaro, and would allow for an increase in changerooms from two to six, including unisex rooms to support the club’s increasing female membership base.

Ms Lazzaro said the club had spent a lot of money maintaining the dilapidated clubrooms, which was also running out of room to accommodate the club’s members.

“I went in there once and the whole ceiling had fallen down in the toilets – the window frames are wood so they’re perishing,” she said.

“When we move forward, we won’t have to put those funds in, so we can put them back into the club for coach accreditation and equipment for the kids.”

Cockburn City SC president Heidi Lazzaro at Dalmatinac Park.

Cockburn City has a proud history, having nurtured the development of several former Socceroos and Perth Glory stars, including Scott Miller and Jason Petkovic, David Tarka and Robert Zabica. Current Melbourne City defender Scott Galloway also spent time in the club’s junior ranks.

Beale Park houses the club’s junior teams and acts as the training ground for their National Premier League side, who play home games a stone’s throw away at Dalmatinac Park.

Ms Lazzaro said the club had no plans to leave Dalmatinac Park, which she described as having the best facilities in the NPL, but the funding would ensure Beale Park returned to its status as one of the district’s best sporting venues.

“We lost hosting rights to Country Week in the last two years because facilities weren’t up to standard and the club lost a lot of money in losing the event. To be able to host more junior finals and events will be great,” she said.

The State Government has pledged $1 million towards the project, coupled with the City of Cockburn’s $6.25 million contribution and $2.4 million from the developers. Redevelopment will begin in late 2021.

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