Labor pledges $18m for Ray Owen upgrades

Hasluck contender James Martin in Lesmurdie with Labor colleague Ed Husic.
Hasluck contender James Martin in Lesmurdie with Labor colleague Ed Husic.

LABOR has promised to provide the $18 million desired by the City of Kalamunda to redevelop Lesmurdie’s Ray Owen Sports Centre if it wins the Federal election.

The redeveloped reserve will be a modern multi-sport hub, catering for growing community demand and will include four additional indoor basketball/netball courts, new change rooms, turf replacements for the football and cricket ovals and parking improvements.

Mr Martin said the Ray Owen Sports Centre had long been the sports epicentre of the community but current facilities had been at capacity for years, restricting further growth in participation.

“Living locally and growing up in the area, I know how important sport is for this community,” he said.

“I’m proud to be able to announce that a Shorten Labor Government, if elected, will invest $18 million to fund a redevelopment of this complex to ensure it can be the heart of sport in our community now and into the future.”

Opposition Sport spokesman Don Farrell said Labor was committed to supporting communities build capacity in their grassroots sport facilities, including recent rapid growth in female club sport participation.

“Whether they dream of representing Australia, or just want to enjoy the health and social benefits that come with being part of a community sporting club, we want to give all Australians the chance to enjoy sport and the health and social benefits it can provide,” he said.