Excitement building for sports facility

At its April 28 meeting, Wanneroo City Council endorsed the master plan for the Butler north district open space on 11ha between Halesworth Parade and Santorini Promenade.

Expected to take five years to build, the sports facility will sit beside the existing John Butler Primary College and a future high school site.

Cr Russell Driver moved a recommendation for the council to endorse the plan.

�It�s not often I�m excited, but this is going to be exciting for all the sporting clubs in the northern corridor,� he said.

�I�m so excited that I don�t know what to say, really. I just can�t wait, all the sporting clubs are so excited.�

Cr Bob Smithson shared

�This is an absolute joy to look forward to,� he said.

�It is needed by all of our clubs � clubs are so under-catered for in our area.�

With the current plan to complete the facility in 2019-20, Cr Smithson said he would do all he could to bring it forward.

�We�ve made a commitment to have this done by at least that time,� he said.

Cr Sabine Winton said the 16 hard courts could allow a netball club to start in Butler, with the participation rate in the sport one of the highest in WA.

�At the moment, any girl who participates in netball has to trek down to Kingsway or Joondalup Arena,� she said.

Cr Winton said it would also provide much-needed Little Athletics facilities.

�I can�t wait for us to start on it,� she said.

The endorsed plan replaces a $7.38 million plan, originally finished in 2007, which had an estimated completion date of 2017-18.

The council report said the ovals, hard courts and other facilities would be �multi-purpose� to suit different sports.

�The playing fields need to be flexible to accommodate a variety of sports and competition use,� it said.