Cash short­fall pinned on PM

Canning Times - - NEWS -

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.

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