Ball in State court for stadium plans
THE Federal Government will deliver $5.5 million funding towards the Willetton Basketball Stadium redevelopment, giving fresh hope to the stadium expansion project.
Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor made the announcement on Saturday morning in front of hundreds of young basketballers, club devotees and a host of dignitaries, including Tangney MHR Ben Morton, Riverton MLA Mike Nahan and City of Canning councillors.
Willetton Basketball Association wants to construct an extra four courts and virtually double the size of the current stadium, with space for changerooms, meeting rooms, offices and supporting health services.
WBA president Phil Nixon described the Federal money as a “significant step” towards realisation of the $11 million project, which is now more than 80 per cent funded.
With a City of Canning funding commitment having been tied to the now-secured Federal support, the basketballers are hopeful the State Government can deliver the remaining dollars through its Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grants.
The WBA has applied for $2.25 million from the CSRFF, more than the $2 million permitted maximum but much less than the one-third share of a project normally requested of the State Government.
“Our hopes are well-placed that they will be able to see their way through to do this,” Mr Nixon said.
Tangney MHR Ben Morton, who has long campaigned for the Federal money, said more courts would give 150 children on a waiting list an opportunity to play at Willetton.