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THE Willetton Basketball Association (WBA) is waiting to see if a visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on September 2 will score it the millions needed to cater for a growing demand in the community.
The aim is to put a roof over the adjacent netball courts and turn them into shared basketball/netball courts to help address a waiting list of 100 prospective players.
“The council has committed $2.2 million, but unfortunately the Stronger Regions fund was closed before we could apply,” Stadium office manager Maria McAdam said.
“There’s no obvious Federal fund for this.”
Local politicians are looking for a way to secure funding for the $10.5 million project to go ahead.
WBA has committed $800,000 and wants $5.5 million from the Federal Government.
The association has 3500 registered playing members, hosts badminton and Willetton Senior High School’s basketball program, and runs a program that targets home-schooled children.
It has more than 300 junior teams and 100 senior teams that play on week nights.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met the Willetton Tigers earlier this month.