Federal Election 2019: Funding promised for Butler sports grounds

Pearce MHR Christian Porter with representatives from Butler Netball and Quinns Football clubs. Picture: Martin Kennealey d492734
Pearce MHR Christian Porter with representatives from Butler Netball and Quinns Football clubs. Picture: Martin Kennealey d492734

BOTH major parties have promised to provide $5 million for the Butler north playing fields if elected next month.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter today announced the Liberal party would provide funding for the $22 million district open space if re-elected on May 18.

It follows Labor’s promise earlier this month to provide the same amount for the sports facilities adjacent to John Butler Primary College and a high school, due to open next year.

The City of Wanneroo has been calling for federal funding for the facility through the Growth Areas Perth Peel campaign.

“As a dad, I know how important grassroots sport is,” Mr Porter said.

“Our northern suburbs are amongst the fastest growing in the country – each year we welcome 8000 new residents into our community, and this number continues to grow.

“I am committed to making sure our community has the infrastructure it needs to keep up with this growth.

“I’ve spoken to countless residents and local sporting clubs about the need for improved sporting facilities in our area – this is something the whole community has collectively been crying out for.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said federal funding would help the City provide much needed sporting facilities to meet the demands of a fast growing area.

The Butler sporting complex, expected to service 75,000 people, will feature two multi-purpose turf playing areas, a sports amenities building, car park, 16 hard courts, equipment storage facilities, toilets and a kiosk.

The City has also requested $30 million for the proposed $102 million Alkimos regional open space and $40 million to develop an aquatic facility with a 50m pool in Alkimos.

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