Morley Sport and Recreation Centre redevelopment study approved

Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.
Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

THE Department of Sport and Recreation has given the green light for a $75,000 feasibility study into the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre redevelopment.

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson pledged $75,000 for a feasibility study in the lead-up to the State Election, following lobbying from the City of Bayswater.

However a $2 million promise to redevelop the site has not yet been approved.

East Perth District Basketball Association (EPDBA), Perth-Bayswater Rugby Union Club and the Morley Scouts were based at the Morley sporting precinct.

A Department of Sport and Recreation spokeswoman said the Department was in contact with Ms Sanderson and the City of Bayswater to progress with the project, part of the Local Projects Local Jobs Program.

Ms Sanderson, who wrote to the City of Bayswater and Perth MHR Tim Hammond, said the project was going through the budget process and funding would be provided before June 30.

“What we do need is we need the local government and Federal Government to at least match that $2 million funding in order for this project to get off the ground,” she said.

“I have urged them in my letter to put that money aside in forward budgets to make sure this project actually happens.”

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the three clubs developed a memorandum of understanding necessary to progress with the redevelopment to cater for their infrastructure needs.

Cr McKenna said it was likely the project would need more funding sources but any requests for funding would require Council approval.

A master plan for Pat O’Hara Reserve was set to be created as part of the City’s 2017-18 budget.

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