IT’S the toilet shortage the Liberal and Labor parties are desperate to address.
But only one of them can earn the porcelain project. Who will take the throne?
Wanneroo Districts Netball Association has become the latest beneficiary in the heated battle for local seats in the State Election.
The Kingsway Sporting Complex-based club, which has more than 5000 members, has outgrown its toilet and change room amenities.
As long as promises are kept, half-a-million dollars will be coming the club’s way to address the issue regardless of who wins the March 11 poll.
The State Government pledged $500,000 for the upgrades on Friday, matching last month’s $500,000 offer from Labor.
Deputy Premier Liza Harvey made the announcement at Kingsway with Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles.
Mr Miles said the “great investment” would replace inadequate facilities.
Wanneroo Labor candidate Sabine Winton said the Liberals’ were playing “catch-up” with Labor.
The netballers’ lavatory lament has pulled a crowd, with at least seven Liberal and Labor representatives having had a say on it.
Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, of Labor, first brought the issue to parliament’s attention last year.
Opposition leader Mark McGowan entered the fray with his pledge in January.
Sports Minister Mia Davies responded, saying Mr McGowan had not explained how Labor would fund it.
“If McGowan can’t say how he’s going to pay for it, it won’t happen,” she said.
Then Labor North Metropolitan MLC candidate Alannah MacTiernan couldn’t help but get involved.
She was so “astounded” on reading Ms Davies’ comment in the Times, it prompted her to phone the paper with a response.
“I’m happy to work the minister through how budgeting and election commitments work,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Wanneroo Districts Netball Association has emerged the winner of the argument.