Work will be worth wait

Redevelopment committee member John Adcock, Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins, CAFC president Rob Kelly, redevelopment committee member Allen MacKinnon and player Ben Rattigan. d422161
Redevelopment committee member John Adcock, Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins, CAFC president Rob Kelly, redevelopment committee member Allen MacKinnon and player Ben Rattigan. d422161

City of Nedlands councillors unanimously approved the plans and committed $2.01 million to the David Cruikshank Reserve redevelopment project last month.

Mayor Max Hipkins said the City had many 1950s and ’60s buildings that were ‘long overdue’ for rejuvenation.

‘Over the last three years we’ve had a 4 per cent increase in the rates devoted exclusively to capital works to renew these tired-looking buildings,’ he said.

‘It will take time to get the final drawings together, but by the end of the year we should be breaking ground.’

Redevelopment committee member John Adcock said the new facilities would be multi-use for football, cricket, community events and neighbouring Dalkeith Primary School.

‘While it’s been a long time since we began the project in 2006, the end result will be better than ever imagined,’ he said.

‘We are fundraising (to chip in $75,000 cash to pay for the fit-out) so we’re looking to the support of our members.’

CAFC president Rob Kelly said the project had been ‘the better part of a decade’ in the making.

‘I’m looking forward to older players seeing construction begin on what they started years ago.’