Funding promised for City of Swan’s proposed Whiteman sporting complex

An artist impression of an AFL oval at the proposed Whiteman Regional Open Space.
An artist impression of an AFL oval at the proposed Whiteman Regional Open Space.

FEDERAL Liberal has promised the City of Swan $500,000 to start planning a “sports capital” in Whiteman, expected to cost $350 million.

The City has been working with the WA Planning Commission to develop a master plan for the development of regional open space next to Whiteman Park.

If the City receives funding after the Federal Election, it will progress detailed planning for the project.

Located on more than 200ha of land, the proposed facility will cater to indoor and outdoor sports, aquatics and health needs.

Swan Mayor David Lucas, Senator Dean Smith and Cowan Liberal candidate Isaac Stewart.

Cowan Liberal candidate Isaac Stewart said the funding would get the ball moving on developing a major sporting complex to service the north-eastern suburbs.

“After nearly 10 years working for the WA Football Commission, I know the importance of sport in building discipline, team work and providing opportunities to our youth,” he said.

An artist impression of a tennis court.

While Labor was yet to promise funding, Cowan MHR Anne Aly said she was pleased to see the progress of the City’s advocacy priority and would continue to work with it to deliver the complex after the election.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City had met with both major parties to provide information about key projects, as part of its advocacy strategy.

“Perth’s northern region is experiencing exponential growth, and future growth is forecast to be significant,” he said.

“The project is anticipated to cost approximately $350 million, which includes planning, design and development.

“It is likely the area will be developed in stages.

“Operation and branding of the facility will be part of discussions when plans are further progressed.”

An artist impression of the aquatic centre.

East Perth Football Club chief executive Dean Turner said the club was interested to see what type of facility could be built in the area as its women and colts train at the neighbouring Altone Park in Beechboro.

Mr Turner said the club’s junior district included Ellenbrook, parts of Aveley, Ballajura and Beechboro, which were all in the City.

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