Gosnells parks to receive synthetic turf and lighting upgrades after funding


City of Gosnells director of infrastructure Dave Harris, Thornlie Football and Sports Club Wayne Barrett, vice-president of Gosnells FC Ossie Pereira and the Thornlie Football and Sports Club’s Rick Johnson.
City of Gosnells director of infrastructure Dave Harris, Thornlie Football and Sports Club Wayne Barrett, vice-president of Gosnells FC Ossie Pereira and the Thornlie Football and Sports Club’s Rick Johnson.

SUTHERLANDS Park and Walter Padbury Reserve are set to receive much-needed upgrades, thanks to government funding.

Two City of Gosnells projects received funding as part of the latest round of the 2017/18 Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grants.

The City of Gosnells received almost $440,000 for synthetic hockey turf at Sutherlands Park, while the upgrades to floodlighting at Berehaven and Cassidy ovals at Walter Padbury Reserve received more than $320,000.

Thornlie Football and Sports Club chairman of directors Wayne Barrett said the upgrades at Walter Padbury Reserve were badly needed.

“We had to get new lights, particularly with heavy-contact sports like football,” he said.

“For an oval that gets used a lot, it’s well and truly overdue.

“At the moment, they don’t play any cricket at the ground after 6.30pm.”

Southern River Hockey Club president John Heath said the funds would make it easier for the club to begin construction.

“That’s money that we don’t have to find, so it works out really well,” he said.

“It’s fantastic and it just furthers the club and continues to develop the sport in the region.”

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said it would significantly benefit a number of sports groups, and their players, in the City.

“The synthetic hockey surface at Sutherlands Park will be the first in the City of Gosnells, while the floodlighting at both the Berehaven and Cassidy ovals will be raised to Australian Standards,” she said.

“The City, as part of a long-term vision for quality public open space, has worked hard to identify ways to improve the function of all parks, including sports reserves, to encourage better use of these spaces and to provide a better experience for users.”