THE City of Wanneroo is seeking nearly $4.9 million in State Government funding for seven community projects.
It has applied for grants in the Department of Sports and Recreation’s 2017-18 Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund (CSRFF), which has $12 million available.
At the September 13 meeting, councillors endorsed the City’s recommendation to submit seven projects for funding, with building playing fields, hard courts, clubrooms, lighting, an informal amphitheatre and playgrounds at Butler north district open space at Halesworth Park listed as the priority.
This is followed by installing playing fields, floodlighting, hard courts and clubrooms at Grandis Park in Banksia Grove, creating a sports amenities building at Jimbub Reserve in Tapping and installing floodlighting at Leatherback Park in Alkimos.
The City has also applied for funding for changerooms for Olympic Kingsway Sports Club and a storage facility for athletics clubs at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex and upgrading the sports amenities building at Lake Joondalup Park in Wanneroo.
The City’s report said the grants were a vital element of its funding model for providing community sport and recreation |infrastructure.
“A lack of CSRFF funds increases the cost burden on the City, resulting in projects being staged, delayed or not proceeding,” it said. “This directly impacts on clubs as well as the community.”
It said in the past 11 years, the City had delivered 20 projects totalling about $50.7 million, using $5.75 million of grant support.
The expected annual total of grants to be sought was between $2 million and $3 million, with about $10 million spent by the City.
Outcomes of the applications will be|announced early next year.