PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Baseball Park in Thornlie yesterday afternoon to announce a $6 million upgrade to the facility if the Liberal Party is re-elected.
The park is in the federal electorate of Burt, which is seen as a key battleground and expected to be tightly fought between Liberal candidate Matt O’Sullivan and Labor’s Matt Keogh.
The upgrade would see new seating with increased capacity, grassed terraces and lighting, and new amenities and corporate facilities.
The improved facilities would be a boost to the community and surrounds, with the district home to more than 2100 registered players and volunteers.
The park was formerly in the seat of Hasluck, which is held by Ken Wyatt who had been pushing for upgrades to the park.
Mr Turnbull said he was delighted to support the improvement and the upgrade of the park.
“This is absolutely critical in terms of public health,” he said .
“Ken (Wyatt) understands how important sport is for young people.”
Baseball WA chief executive Lachlan Dale said WA had a great relationship with Asia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and with upgrades to the facility, WA could bring those baseball powerhouses to Gosnells.
“It becomes the home of baseball in the southeast metro area,” he said.
“We want to be a major stadium for not just baseball, we want to be able to host fates, concerts and community events at the ball park under our lights in the grandstand seating and some catering as well.”
Perth Heat star and former Major League Baseball player Luke Hughes said the facility was important to grass roots baseball.
“Six million dollars takes it a long way, from the development of the game in the juniors all the way to the senior group,” he said.