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Lighting upgrade would benefit local club. Picture: MUNDARING FOOTBALL CLUB

Oval lighting needs federal funding

AN upgrade to flood lighting at Mundaring Oval, essential for Australian Rules Football night games, could be axed if Mundaring Shire cannot secure additional Federal Government funding. 

The $390,000 project was to be jointly funded in thirds by the Federal and State Government and the shire, based on commitment by the then WA Liberal Government.

 As the same commitment was not made by the incoming WA Labor Government, the shire applied for a grant under the Community Sporting and Recreation Facility Fund (CSRFF), which was unsuccessful.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt has requested the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet increase its $130,000 allocation by $65,000, with the shire committing equal half.

Chief executive Johnathan Throssell said the council had two options if the increase was knocked back. 

“If the Federal Government says no, it will come back to council to see if we want to abandon the project or make up the additional shortfall ourselves,” he said.

Mundaring Football Club president Mathew Elkington said he would kick up a fuss if the project was abandoned.

“We’ve already started to make plans, looking two years ahead, for twilight games,” he said.

“It would affect the club, we would survive of course, but at the same time it would put a kink in progression of our club.

“We would like to think a lighting upgrade would help us become the footy hub of the hills, attract more players and more of the sporting community,” Mr Elkington said.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray said the number of 2018/19 CSRFF applications received exceeded the amount available in the State Government’s budget by more than 100 per cent.

“I strongly encourage the shire to re-apply for CSRFF funding at the next available opportunity,” he said.

Mr Wyatt is waiting on a response from the Federal Government.

By Claire Ottaviano

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