WA Labor’s $2 million promise to redevelop aging sporting facilities in Morley may be premature according to Morley MLA Ian Britza.
The commitment made by Morley candidate Amber-Jade Sanderson last Friday would look to improve the Morley Recreation Centre and Pat O’Hara Reserve, which is home to the East Perth District Basketball Association (EPDBA), Perth-Bayswater Rugby Union Club and the Morley Scouts.
Ms Sanderson also pledged $75,000 towards a feasibility study into the project if Labor was elected in the State Election but said the project would also require Federal and local government contributions.
“The Morley Recreation Centre means so much to so many people with programs for kids, adults and people with disabilities,” she said.
“With this funding a new precinct will be created to provide an extra court for the East Perth District Basketball Association, new facilities for the Perth Bayswater Rugby Union Club and a new area for the Morley Scouts.”
However, Mr Britza said while the precinct needed renovations, developments were a long way off.
“I do not think it is necessary to make it an election commitment because I think if it is as serious as what they are going on about…then it is the kind of thing I want to fight for maybe a couple of years later,” he said.
“My disappointment is that no one has actually contacted me from the council in regards to this issue.”
Perth Bayswater Rugby Union Club president Bob Meade said the club was excited by the possibilities from Labor’s promise.
“It is very much appreciated…it looks like the hard yards we have been putting in so far is going to pay dividends,” he said.
EPDBA board member Gerry Howard said an extra basketball court would facilitate a potential growth in population once the Galleria Shopping Centre was developed.
“We have 120 teams, so there are roughly 1200 kids on a Saturday but that it is over five courts in Morley and The Rise,” he said.
“We still cannot cater for the numbers… for every other club, there is a minimum of four courts but at Morley, there are just three courts.
“Other centres like Warwick have got eight courts and we could go to eight courts as well but we have to do one thing at a time.”
Last month, Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna told the Eastern Reporter council would consider a report into a potential “master plan” for the precinct.