City of Perth to offer West Coast Fever less sponsorship than requested

West Coast Fever played Adelaide Thunderbirds at Perth Arena with the roof open last season. Picture: Perth Arena/Facebook
West Coast Fever played Adelaide Thunderbirds at Perth Arena with the roof open last season. Picture: Perth Arena/Facebook

CITY of Perth is set to grant West Coast Fever $92,500 less than was requested, due to “budget constraints”.

The netball club sought $212,500 from the local government to hold more home games at Perth Arena in 2018 , but Perth council is willing to provide $120,000, up $10,000 on last year.

Netball WA president Deane Pieters fronted the marketing, sponsorship and international engagement committee yesterday to plead the club’s case.

He said last year the club held four games at the Arena with the help of City of Perth grant money to the tune of $110,000, and the club was aiming to host seven games next season.

“The largest crowd was 9700 people with an average of up to 7000 per game at Perth Arena,” he said.

Mr Pieters said the sport was huge with membership growing 115 per cent.

A City of Perth staff member said $120,000 would allow the club to host five games instead.

Councillor Lily Chen said the City would “love to give more money” but could not due to “budget constraints”.

Cr James Limnios said he could see the club expanding to be as big as the West Coast Eagles.

“I want to stress that decision of $120,000 was not because the club is not worthy (of more),” he said.

He said council would review funding in the future.

West Coast Fever today revealed a “record” of more than 1250 fans submitting their details to join the club as members in 2018, six months ahead of the new season.

Perth council will make a final decision on the grant at its August 29 meeting.

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