THE City of Wanneroo will seek $41.5 million for sports facilities from the Federal Government as part of a campaign by growth councils.
Nine outer metropolitan councils launched the campaign for funds to build major sporting precincts in Perth suburbs on Wednesday
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, who is the deputy chairwoman for both Growth Areas Perth and Peel (GAPP) and National Growth Alliance, attended the July 11 launch.
“Families living in many of Perth’s outer suburbs are sometimes unable to take part in active recreation as the opportunities to do so aren’t geographically within reach,” she said.
“For many, the commute to access a quality sporting complex is simply just too far.”.
GAPP proposed the Federal Government allocate $350 million, which could leverage investment of up to $700 million by the State Government, local governments and developer-contribution schemes.
The funding would go towards building 10 to 12 sporting precincts throughout Perth’s outer metropolitan suburbs in coming years.
Three projects would be in the City of Wanneroo, with $5 million needed for the Butler north district open space, $30 million for Alkimos regional open space and $6.5 million for upgrades at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.
Mrs Roberts said more than 60 per cent of WA’s population was overweight or obese, with less than half of the population taking part in regular exercise.
“We see these numbers increasing in the outer metropolitan regions,” she said.
“Residents across Perth, including those in the outer suburbs, deserve the opportunity to access recreational activities that connect them with their community and physical activity.
“With such rapid growth in the outer suburbs, Federal funding is essential to ensure all residents get the opportunity to engage with their community and live healthier, more active lives.”
Wanneroo City Soccer Club president Dean Bell said securing Federal funding would help ensure people could take part in team sports.
“For our club, funds would go directly toward upgrading facilities used daily by club members,” he said.
“In particular we would upgrade the women’s change rooms.”
The GAPP group is made up of nine councils advocating for more public open space and regional sporting facilities, including the cities of Armadale, Canning, Cockburn, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Rockingham and Swan as well as the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.