A $300 million package for Western Australian sport and community infrastructure aims to create a number of projects and a pipeline of local jobs as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
Included in this is a $130 million sports facility package, which go towards the $30 million major redevelopment of the WACA Ground, including a community aquatic centre.
The WA Government funding matches the Federal Government contribution and is contingent on the City of Perth providing a funding contribution towards the community project.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the sport and community infrastructure projects will help drive WA’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic across the whole state.
“Sport and community facilities are often the lifeblood of local communities. These upgrades will help to reconnect communities, increase participation for local sporting organisations and create jobs for local workers,” McGowan said.
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“The WA Recovery Plan will deliver a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians and ensure the State will rebound stronger than ever.
“It will create short and long term jobs in construction, as well as other sectors such as tourism, training, education and renewable energy.”
The package aims to help make sporting venues more sustainable and focus on renewable technology. Other significant upgrades include:
- $20 million to kickstart a recreation precinct at Keirnan Park in Mundijong
- $10 million towards a new community swimming pool facility in Alkimos
- $10 million for the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre
- $2.67 million for the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex to help develop community football facilities
- $1.5 million to upgrade existing halogen lights to LED lighting at HBF Arena in Joondalup and HBF Stadium in Mount Claremont
- $1 million to install solar panels on the roof of HBF Stadium to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental performance
- $2 million for a high-performance dry land centre for Diving WA at HBF stadium
- $350,000 to install permanent shade structures at outdoor pools at HBF Stadium and leisure spaces at HBF Arena
- $5 million for the Hands Oval rebuild in Bunbury
- $10 million towards the Aqua Jetty Stage 2 project in Warnbro to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities
- $6 million to fund the Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct
- $5 million for improvements to Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie.
The package will also include $16.25 million towards the State Football Centre in Queens Park, jointly funded with the Federal Government.
The $170 million community infrastructure package will deliver upgrades to a wide range of important local facilities across the state. It includes:
- $1.3 million for planning the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp Redevelopment in Exmouth
- $1.86 million for a new Ellenbrook Youth Support Centre
- $2 million to deliver water tanks for volunteer bush fire brigades
- $9.69 million to replace Woodman Point Jetty
- $6 million to restore the Ascot Kilns site in line with state heritage registration
- $500,000 towards cliff face restoration works at Arthur Head in Fremantle
- $1.6 million for preservation work at the world heritage-listed Fremantle Prison
- $1.3 million for conservation works on 8 houses in the Parry Street Precinct
- $600,000 to expand the Warradale Community Centre in Landsdale
- $3 million for a new youth centre in the Madeley-Darch area
- $400,000 to upgrade and maintain the heritage-listed Beagle Bay Church
- $20 million to build a 70 bed Aboriginal short stay accommodation facility in Kununurra, providing temporary accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting the area
- $3.2 million for a water playground at the Kununurra Leisure Centre
- $4.9 million to upgrade camp facilities at the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp
- $9.7 million to irrigate public open space in Broome
- $8 million for youth and community infrastructure.
The package incorporates funding for essential infrastructure and services in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities, including:
- $12.9 million towards the response to ‘Closing the Gap’ in WA’s remote Aboriginal communities, as a result of the withdrawal of Commonwealth funding
- $38.9 million for remote communities and town-based communities water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades.