Waiting in the wings

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron with WA Under-21 netballers, from left, Jess Eales (20) and Jess Anstiss (17). Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d414532
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron with WA Under-21 netballers, from left, Jess Eales (20) and Jess Anstiss (17). Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d414532

‘It really gives netball a headquarters and I think will lead to better coordination and better outcomes for the girls playing netball,’ Mr Waldron said.

Construction on the $26.1 million project started in October, 2012, after being announced in 2010.

The centre will include offices for Netball WA, four courts, nine change rooms and seating for 1050 spectators.

However, Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the road into the sports complex off Selby Street had yet to be completed and could cause serious issues for the car park flow if unfinished before the season started.

‘There are going to be many, many, many angry parents once that chokes up,’ Mr Withers said.

Perth Netball Association president Marita Somerford said it was very important to finish that road before the season started.

A Department of Sport and Recreation spokeswoman said the road was due to be completed when the centre opened in September.

However, a 200-bay car park next to Selby Street will be finished ahead of schedule in time for the 2014 season.

The facility will be a home and training ground for interstate and elite netball teams, including West Coast Fever.

‘It’s been a while but I am definitely looking forward to next year,’ WA under-21 squad member Jess Eales said.

‘(I’m) really looking forward to playing in it. It should be a very good complex,’ WA under 21s squad member Jess Anstiss said.

Roadworks along Selby Street are due to be finished this week, with sewage pipes turned on in the next two to three weeks.