City of Wanneroo to fund petanque pitch at Rotary Park


U3A members Cheryl Cundall, Deidre Sparrow, Mary Bracken and Constance O’Brien with coaches Raymond Dejean and Jean Claude Pondevic. Picture: Martin Kennealey
U3A members Cheryl Cundall, Deidre Sparrow, Mary Bracken and Constance O’Brien with coaches Raymond Dejean and Jean Claude Pondevic. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A WANNEROO community group has persuaded Wanneroo council to fund a petanque pitch.

The City of Wanneroo has listed $18,000 in the 2017-18 capital works budget to construct the pitch at Rotary Park in Wanneroo.

It follows a petition organised by the University of the Third Age (U3A) Wanneroo branch with 153 signatures that was submitted to council in May.

Committee member Constance O’Brien made a deputation prior to the June 27 council meeting, which said the group had introduced petanque, a French form of boules that is similar to bocce, to its program last year.

She said they had consulted with community members and believed a pitch could be developed to cater for both petanque and bocce.

“Both sports are adaptable for people of all ages and fitness levels,” she said.

“They can be family-friendly fun games or developed into a serious competitive, non-contact sport able to played Australia-wide and internationally.”

Ms O’Brien believed the wider community would benefit of being able to participate in the activities and that the proposed location of the pitch adjacent to Wanneroo Recreation Centre was ideal as it was near a picnic area and playground, and close to schools and the Wanneroo town centre.

A report presented by the City at the meeting said the design and location of the pitch would be developed as part of consultation with stakeholders.

Councillors unanimously approved the proposal and Councillor Dianne Guise praised a commitment from the Petanque Federation Australian to work with local schools and make coaches available.

Cr Dot Newton said she was pleased schools would be involved but was happier something was being provided for older people.

“I like the idea of children using it but also the adults and seniors, it’s somewhere they can go,” she said.

“There’s lots of playgrounds for children but not much for adults.”

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