Arena Joondalup: Premier Mark McGowan announces $750m upgrades

NEARLY three quarters of a million dollars has been confirmed for long-awaited upgrades to Arena Joondalup’s rugby, netball, triathlon and athletics facilities.

Premier Mark McGowan visited the western side of the complex this morning to deliver the news that the $746,000 State Government election promise would be honoured.

“Virtually every time I come here there’s hundreds, if not thousands, of people playing sport,” he said.

“We’re working with the clubs to ensure the facilities are designed in a way that is sympathetic to the needs of the clubs.

“It will provide jobs for contractors to put in the facilities.

“These are strategic grants, that are affordable, but make a huge difference for the clubs and local communities.”

Joondalup Brothers rugby union, Joondalup Little Athletics, Joondalup Netball Association and XTR Tri Club are the beneficiaries of the works.

A new storage facility, two drinking fountains and extensions to fencing are expected to be completed by the end of next month.

Tenders are out for two extra change rooms and another storage area, which are due for completion in April next year.

The State Government also made a 2017-18 budget allocation for $500,000 towards the Kingsway netball courts.

Plans are still pending with the City of Wanneroo.

In September, City community and place acting director Michelle Brennand told the Times they were working with the Wanneroo Netball Association on the project’s design and listed funding for construction within its Long Term Financial Management Plan (LTFMP) for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

“The City will work closely with the State Government to have the funds for the project released to coincide with the construction program in line the City’s LTFMP,” she said.