WA Labor pledges $1.8m for upgrade of Gibson Park netball facilities

Fremantle Netball Association president Sondra Anderson, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O'Malley with some of the thousands of girls who regularly use the Gibson Park facilities.
Fremantle Netball Association president Sondra Anderson, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O'Malley with some of the thousands of girls who regularly use the Gibson Park facilities.

THE home of the Fremantle Netball Association, Gibson Park, is in line for a $1.8 million upgrade if Labor wins the State Election in March.

Close to 5000 players across Perth’s southern suburbs use the facilities every week and the funding will be used to extend the main pavilion, enclose the show courts and provide more spectator seating.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan joined Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley to announce the pledge on Monday, commenting the investment underlined his party’s commitment to promoting women’s and girls’ sport, children’s health and building strong local communities.

Fremantle Netball Association president Sondra Anderson said the money would make a real difference to the thousands for girls who use Gibson Park.

“We will be able to improve our facilities in a way that makes our games safer and more comfortable for our players and more enjoyable for families watching the games,” she said.

Mrs O’Malley said her background in the health and fitness industry gave her an appreciation of the importance of physical exercise.

“Aside from the obvious health benefits, sport builds confidence and a healthy mind,” she said.

“Thousands of players compete at Gibson Park every week, bringing together girls and their families.

“It’s a great place for our community to come together.”