Labor promises $220,000 facelift for Wanneroo Showground

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Labor candidate for Wanneroo Sabine Winton, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and North Metropolitan upper house candidate Alannah MacTiernan
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Labor candidate for Wanneroo Sabine Winton, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and North Metropolitan upper house candidate Alannah MacTiernan

WANNEROO Showground will receive a facelift in WA Labor’s latest election funding pledge for the electorate.

State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan announced on Monday his party would provide $220,000 to upgrade facilities at the showground if elected on March 11.

It would work with the City of Wanneroo to prioritise improvements necessary for the venue to continue hosting community activities.

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Labor’s Wanneroo candidate Sabine Winton said the showground had been home to Wanneroo Agricultural Society since the early 1900s and it was used for a wide variety of events.

“Some of the facilities need upgrades to accommodate the growing needs of what is one of the fastest growing populations in the northern corridor,” she said.

“This funding will go a long way to making sure that our showgrounds can continue to be the epicentre of all community events in our community.”

She said they would also allocate $6000 to replace internal lighting in the changerooms used by Wanneroo Cricket Club, Wanneroo Amateur Football Club and Wanneroo Junior Football Club.

A Labor spokeswoman said the projects would be funded by reducing government waste and using an expenditure review committee process.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she welcomed increased State Government commitment to improving community facilities.

“The City has a long term association with the Wanneroo Agricultural Society at the showgrounds so this would be a significant benefit for them,” she said.

“The funding would also supplement City funds devoted to the maintenance and care of the much loved Wanneroo Showground.”

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles declined to comment on the showground funding but last week he and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey promised a re-elected Liberal Party would install a shade sail over the playground at Salitage Park in Pearsall.

It would provide $30,000 for the project to be constructed in the 2017-18 financial year, funded using consolidated revenue.

Mr Miles said the installation of shade sails would encourage children to use the “amazing” playground facilities.

“They are a great incentive for young families to get out in the community and be active,” he said.

“We just have to ensure families are able to take full advantage of them.”