Bayswater sporting precinct touted for more funding for upgrades


Bayswater Tennis Club Coach Anthony Harbrow
Bayswater Tennis Club Coach Anthony Harbrow

A SPORTING precinct in Bayswater has been touted for more funding to upgrade facilities and build new broadcast boxes as part of a Federal Liberal Party candidate’s election promise.

The precinct is home to Bayswater City Soccer Club and Bayswater Tennis Club.

Liberal candidate for Perth Jeremy Quinn announced Bayswater Tennis Club would receive $750,000 while Bayswater City would be handed $150,000.

Bayswater Tennis Club president Dan Kerrigan said it the club was in need of an extension to cater for members but stressed it was “early days”.“The clubhouse is the most important part of the whole thing…but there are not enough courts to cater for our junior members,” Bayswater Tennis Club president Dan Kerrigan said.

“Basically the condition of the hard courts is really under the mark but it is not our priority at the moment.

“At this stage we are thinking of allocating $1.3 or $1.4 million for just the clubhouse.”

Mr Kerrigan said funding for the club might be included in City of Bayswater’s 2016-17 budget.

“I believe, but do not know until the budget is released next Friday, that there may be some funds allocated from the City of Bayswater,” he said.

Bayswater City senior executive board member Greg D’Orazio said the club had previously lobbied all levels of government to provide “much-needed” funding.

“The club last year spent in excess of $40,000 of its own money in improving the main change room and toilet facilities,” Mr D’Orazio said.

“Unfortunately there were not enough funds available to improve the other change rooms; the much needed funding would go a long way in improving those.”

Mr D’Orazio said it was a priority to install disability access into the clubrooms and proper seating in the grandstand.

He said the club also lobbied to the council for funds to make the pitch comply with acceptable width requirements.

“The funding would go a long way in contributing to the works required to move the pitch closer to the club, this in turn would not effect the secondary pitch which is already at the minimum width required by Football West,” he said.

“The remaining funds would go to building new storerooms and change rooms, specifically for women teams, which is growing in popularity across the state.

“The need for funding allows our great club to continue to give our kids the opportunities to play top flight football in this country and beyond.”

Mr Quinn said the tennis club was a successful club.

“We need to make sure we retain those high standards locally but helping the club to improve its facilities, and bring them into line with modern standards, especially around safety and disability access,” Mr Quinn said.

He also said Bayswater City needed more support as the team featured on televised games at inter-league level.

“This will allow for much-needed upgrades to improve change rooms, safety equipment and media broadcast facilities,” he said.