THE Women’s Big Bash League will again play at Lilac Hill in November after City of Swan councillors voted to financially support the event when the item was brought up during urgent business.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas told councillors the City had received an email from the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) asking if it was still going to contribute the $60,000 it had promised to help fund the event.
A City staff member said they were working on a notice of motion for councillor Andrew Kiely when they contacted the WACA, which then informed them that any reduction in funding from the City would likely affect the viability of holding the event at Lilac Hill and they would continue with the matches at the WACA grounds instead.
Cr Lucas said the WACA needed an answer by Monday, June 10 as they were due to release fixtures for the WBBL games.
A motion was then put forward by Cr Kiely saying the council approve $20,000 for the WBBL at Lilac Hill and that the remaining $40,000 be set aside for sporting clubs and facilities in the City of Swan.
The motion lapsed as there was no seconder.
A motion from Cr David McDonnell saying the City include $60,000 for the WBBL matches at Lilac Hill in the Budget due to be adopted on July 3 was supported by all the councillors except Cr Kiely.
Cr Rod Henderson seconded the motion saying he said he went to Lilac Hill last year to see how well the event was supported.
“There was a hive of activity, people everywhere,’’ he said.
“There were facilities for children to be entertained while the parents enjoyed the game.
“Actually, it was great standing on the sidelines and watching women smashing sixes over the boundary.’’
Cr Adam Kovalevs said he had attended the event a couple of times and one of the reasons he supported the motion was an intangible benefit.
He said he had met a Brabham family there who told him their little girl had been able to see her heroes in action at Lilac Hill, which had inspired her to join her local cricket club.
Cr Lucas said the matches at Lilac Hill brought national exposure for the City of Swan and he did not want the event to be jeopardised at the last minute.
The last three games at Lilac Hill have seen 11,500 cricket fans attend.
Cr Lucas said the City was proud to partner with the Perth Scorchers and WACA once again to deliver another fantastic community event.
The next WBBL matches wil be played at Lilac Hill on November 23-24, November 30 and December 1.