ALMOST $300,000 has been assigned to sporting facilities in the electorate of Hasluck with upgrades to the Shire of Mundaring hard courts receiving the largest chunk.
About $245,000 will go towards resurfacing all eight courts, realignment of the outdoor courts to meet national netball, basketball and hockey standards, new backboards and upgraded floodlighting.
Another $28,200 will help install lighting at the Glen Forrest Sports Club bowling green and $24,195 will buy a pool blanket for Guildford and Kalamunda Districts Sporting Club, bringing the total funding allocation to $298,186.
Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie made the announcement at the site on Tuesday.
“Our government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and sports participation,” Minister McKenzie said today.
“It is a key priority to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active.”
The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program provides $28 million for 223 projects across Australia to help increase participation in sports and physical activity.
Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said grassroots-led sporting initiatives helped the community stay physically active.
“I am acutely aware of the importance of the community remaining active, not only through physical exercise with its associated health benefits, but also socially active through sporting clubs, and I have been working with local groups over nearly a decade now to ensure Hasluck continues to receive support like this,” Mr Wyatt said.
Shire of Mundaring President John Daw also welcomed the quarter of a million dollar investment.
Ms McKenzie also visited Mundaring Oval and met with members of the Hills Rangers Football Club and women’s football league players.
Oval lighting needs federal funding (Echo News, May 31) reported a shortage of funding could see planned upgrades to flood lighting at Mundaring Oval axed.
The $390,000 project was to be jointly funded in thirds by the federal and state government and the shire, based on a commitment by the Barnett 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.
“The Liberal National Government has already committed $130,000 for 100 Lux lighting at the oval, which was originally part of a three-way funding agreement between local, state and federal governments,” said Mr Wyatt.
“Today I have requested Minister McKenzie provide the additional funding to ensure this important investment goes ahead.”