Peeved Girrawheen MP sparks netballers loo blue

The change rooms in question.
The change rooms in question.

WA Parliament can get “potty-mouthed” on occasion and a recent discussion of a Kingsway Sporting Complex issue was no exception.

On November 10, Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk addressed WA Sports Minister Mia Davies, complaining the complex was not flush with the cash needed to upgrade its netball toilet facilities.

Her grievance focused on the more than 5000 Wanneroo Netball Association members who used the complex’s courts, claiming many had complained to her about the City of Wanneroo-owned facility’s inadequacy.

“The netballers should be crossing the court, not their legs,” she said.

She lamented there were 13 women’s toilets to potentially service about 800 players across 57 courts at one time.

This equated to about one loo per 61 netballers.

Taking into account the need for officials, parents and reserve players to use the amenities as well, Ms Quirk considered a State Government-assisted ablution upgrade a matter of urgency.

In comparison, she highlighted that Perth Stadium was to have one cistern per 35 female spectators.

Ms Quirk said the process of applying for a grant through the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) would take too long when the problem “needs fixing now”.

The Labor front-bencher was also concerned that another Kingsway grant application would be dismissed because CSRFF money had recently been spent upgrading the complex’s baseball facilities. She asked the Government to consider funding assistance outside the CSRFF.

Ms Davies agreed the toilet facilities were “not up to the demand”, saying the City of Wanneroo was expected to install demountable toilets near the courts in the next four weeks as a short-term solution. But she said the CSRFF was the “perfect fit” for the situation, rather than any other means of funding.