Demetriou visited the site of the proposed facility with representatives from the Fremantle Dockers, the City of Cockburn and LandCorp, saying he was pleased the game was being brought back to the community.
‘We’ve seen what’s happened to the clubs that have done this sort of thing,’ he said during his visit last Wednesday. ‘We’ve seen what’s happened to the City of Casey (and the Melbourne Demons). You engage the community, get community involvement, (and) the facilities can be shared and utilised. It’s great to be able to see elite players training.
‘You get to learn from them. I think it’s huge upside for everyone.’
Demetriou even suggested the venue could host pre-season games with the AFL keen to take the game to different communities.
‘We have our best success in the pre-season competition when we engage communities that don’t get to see much AFL football so I’m pleased that we might have another avenue, another option.’
‘The more we can take the game out of the traditional metropolitan area the better.’
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said it was exciting to have the AFL’s backing at a time when both state and federal government funding requests for the facility were on the table.
LandCorp also released a draft structure plan for the CCW precinct.