Federal Election: City of Wanneroo seeks funds for sport and recreation facilities

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FUNDING for sport and recreation facilities is on the City of Wanneroo’s wish list in the lead up to next month’s Federal Election.

The City has been calling for federal funds through the Growth Areas Perth and Peel campaign, with $30 million requested for the proposed $102 million Alkimos regional open space.

The City has also requested $6.5 million for upgrades at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex in Madeley and $5 million to go towards the $22 million Butler district open space.

It is also advocating for funding for an aquatic facility with a 50m public pool in the north coast area.

Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers announced this week that her party would provide $5 million for the Butler north district open space if elected on May 18.

“The Butler north district open space will be an essential shared use facility that will be a huge boost for the growing Butler area,” Ms Travers said.

“I have heard over and over from local sports groups who tell me that existing sporting facilities are not able to cater for the expanding demand from our rapidly growing population.”

Opposition regional services spokesman Stephen Jones said the growth of women’s sport made it an important project for the region.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said welcomed the funding commitment and said the Butler playing fields were a key project due to the significant population growth in the area.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said he also supported better sport infrastructure.

“The Butler north district open space is but one of the projects on our north coast that I am fighting hard for,” he said.

“I have met with representatives of the local sporting clubs who would benefit from this project, and am campaigning hard to make sure we secure the necessary funds.”

Labor also recently promised $2.1 million for female change rooms and storage facilities at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex if elected.

Kingsway Junior Football Club president Michael Wilden, Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Opposition sport spokesman Don Farrell, Subiaco District women’s assistant competition director Danni Dix, and Kingsway Football and Sporting Club president Rob Mitchell.

Cowan MHR Anne Aly, who sponsors the Kingsway Rockets girls’ team, said access to secure change rooms and toilets was especially important for young women

Kingsway Junior Football Club president Michael Wilden said the club hoped to inspire the community, particularly young girls, to get involved in football.

“Since we launched our inaugural girls team in 2015, the club has just grown,” he said.

“This investment will give us the capacity to meet the growth in female participation in footy.

“It means more young boys and girls in the northern suburbs will be able to do what they love, play like their idols and live healthy lifestyles.”

Dr Aly said Labor’s funding promise would support creation of an aquatic play space at the Madeley facility as well.

The complex already caters for about 265,000 users each year and is home sports including Australian rules football, soccer, cricket, netball, hockey, rugby union and baseball.

The $2.1 million commitment was in addition to Labor’s $283,000 promise to bring Olympic Kingsway’s home ground up to National Premier League standard.

Community News contacted Liberal candidate for Cowan Isaac Stewart’s office for comment, but did not receive a response before deadline.

The City’s advocacy strategy also seeks funding and support for agribusiness and to develop Neerabup industrial area to create local jobs.