More seats for the Flames

More seats for the Flames

VISITING the electorate of Brand on Wednesday, Federal Minister Michaelia Cash brought some good news to the Rockingham Flames basketball club

She announced a $200,000 grant to install 500 new seats at the team’s home, the Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

The seating will mirror the current retractable seating within the complex.

Flames president Warren Baucaut said the seating was a welcome addition and would save on time spent putting out individual seats for games.

“It’s more than just sports, the Flames are a family and we provide equal opportunities for women,” he said.

“The funding for the extra seating will help increase the number of different sports, promote grassroots participation and encourage more people to get involved in physical activity in the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana.”

Ms Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, said the new seating would transform the centre.

“The investment is part of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program that is upgrading local facilities across Australia that will help drive increased participation in sports and physical activity,” she said.

“The Liberal National government supports local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport.”

“It is a key priority of our government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide encouragement for those local residents not currently active.

“The investment will mean the sports complex will get retractable seating, which will modernise the facility and grow the already popular venue.”