PM backs sports complex

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke talk Prime Minister Julia Gillard through the plans.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke talk Prime Minister Julia Gillard through the plans.

Ms Gillard joined Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke and Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich in South Lake to announce the grant, offered up through the Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Prime Minister said she was impressed with the proposal.

‘Level four of the of application process for the regional development funding was highly competitive,’ she said. ‘You only secured funding if you came forward with a great proposal.’

‘It’s a great facility for the future.’

Mr Howlett said the grant showed the project had serious merit, but was keen to stay focused with plenty of work still to do.

‘Council is yet to consider the business plan and the structure plan for the site, with these to come back to council in July,’ he said.

‘As with all of the City’s projects, council will consider these matters carefully to ensure a financially prudent decision is made.

‘The Federal Government’s decision to fund this project is a win-win situation for every Cockburn ratepayer.

‘They will have an integrated recreation facility for our region that will incorporate the latest technology in the growing and vibrant part of our City.’

Ms Parke said the $114 million complex would become a hub of sporting and community life in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.