Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron
State Budget 2010-11: Major Sporting Facility Projects Backed In Budget
Victor P Taffa
Funding to upgrade ME Bank Stadium and to build a new home for Netball WA are highlights of this year’s State Budget.
The State Government is working with the sports community to fund major works by careful management of WA’s finances.
ME Bank Stadium will receive much-needed upgrades thanks to more than $80 Million being allocated for the project.
“There is no question that a rectangular stadium provides the best viewing experience for sports such as rugby union, rugby league and soccer.” Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said.
“We expect construction to begin in 2012.”
This timetable is contingent upon the Government reaching an agreement with the Town of Vincent on the future ownership of the facility.
While the transformation from Perth Oval to the current facility has served its purpose, the ultimate vision for ME Bank Stadium is a modern, state-of-the-art facility for up to 25,000 spectators.
The Government has also allocated $26.1 Million to build the new State Netball Centre.
The new centre will include four indoor netball courts and office space for Netball WA at the Matthews Netball Centre in Floreat.
“Netball is the number one participation sport for women in WA, it is the backbone of female participation in WA and the facility is welcome.” Mr. Waldron said.
“One of our biggest challenges is keeping young women active and participating in sport and recreation, particularly through the teen years.”
“Netball is a key player in helping us to achieve this important objective, so I am particularly pleased with this investment in the future health of the community.” Mr. Waldron said.
Funding from the Government will enable the Department of Sport and Recreation to continue to provide the context for participation in sport and recreation at all levels, from grassroots to the elite.
“Sport and recreation is a cost-effective tool to achieve important community objectives.” the Minister said.
“It really does build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.”
The sport and recreation system in WA is made up of more than 5,000 clubs. These clubs are serviced directly through Government initiatives such as the network of club development officers, or indirectly through Government support of State sporting associations.
“These clubs are an essential part of the fabric of every community.” Mr. Waldron said.
“This year there will be a strong push to ensure that all clubs in WA have access to the best information on how to create the right environment for participation. An important tool is, and will be, the new Clubs Online website.”
Another important initiative that this Government will continue to fund at much higher levels than Labor is Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grants.
The State Government has committed to maintaining the $20 Million a year for community facilities a 100 % increase from the previous Labor government.