Sports facility upgrades considered by Wanneroo Council in September

Sports facility upgrades considered by Wanneroo Council in September

SEVERAL reports on the Wanneroo Council meeting agenda this month related to sports facility upgrades.

A $684,000 project to upgrade floodlights at John Moloney Park in Marangaroo received council endorsement on September 18.

The council approved the plans and noted construction would take place between February and June next year.

The reserve is used by Kingsway Junior Football Club, Jaguars Softball Club, Wanneroo Softball Club and West Coast Cricket Club.

“The existing floodlighting is limited and not to the current Australian standard, preventing the resident clubs from being able to use the grounds at night for training or competition purposes,” the September council report said.

During public consultation, the City received submissions from three residents, raising concerns about the impact the lighting would have on homes nearby.

It also received correspondence from the softball clubs and Westside Steelers Gridiron Club as a prospective future hirer, which all supported the concept plan.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said the upgrade was a “good investment in the community” and make it a “higher order” oval.

Cr Brett Treby said another benefit of improved lighting could be a reduction in crime and antisocial behaviour.

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Sports reference group disbanded

WANNEROO Council resolved to disband the South Ward Community Reference and Sporting User Group at its September meeting.

Following steps taken with the equivalent North Coast ward group in late 2017, the council decided the South ward group had met its objectives and members could be consulted about individual projects in future rather than having regular meetings.

The September 18 council agenda said the group met five times, considered 14 active reserves and identified 89 projects worth about $17.3 million, which have been added to the City’s long term financial plan.

Councillor Brett Treby said the group identified where the City should invest in sporting and recreational infrastructure over the next 10 to 15 years to meet community expectations.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was encouraging that members of the group had indicated they would be available for consultation on future projects.

Funding applications for facility upgrades

THE City of Wanneroo will seek more than $2 million from the State Government for seven projects to upgrade sports facilities, which are expected to cost $6.9 million in total.

The council approved an application to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund at its September meeting.

The requests include $461,334 sought for a $1.4 million project to build a sports amenities building at Leatherback Park in Alkimos.

There is also a $445,578 request for a $1.6 million project for a similar building at Dalvik Park in Merriwa and $394,360 sought for a $1.27 million upgrade to the Dennis Cooley Pavilion at Hudson Park, Girrawheen.

The City hopes to get $292,825 from the fund for a $981,295 extension to the Addison Reserve building in Merriwa, and $250,000 for the $930,000 extension of the Wanneroo City Soccer Club change rooms in Madeley.

It has applied for $110,000 for the $362,000 floodlighting upgrade at Koondoola Park and $105 for the $360,000 floodlight project at Hainsworth Park in Girrawheen.