Call to restore recreation funding
THE City of Armadale has thrown its support behind a WA Local Government Association push to bolster the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said the City backed the call to return the State Government-run CSRFF to a minimum $20 million annually after it was cut to $12m this financial year.
“This relatively small fund is the only source of support for local government and community sporting associations across our vast state,” he said.
“The funds quickly ran out when you consider a local sports facility costs between $4m and $8m.
“In addition to CSRFF funding, we will be advocating for a new fund for projects such as the Armadale Regional Recreation Reserve located at the corner of the Tonkin Highway and Armadale Road. Other projects we will be seeking State Government action include the upgrade of the Armadale rail line and extension to Byford and Mundijong.”
Armadale’s recent CSRFF grants include $366,000 for an upgrade to floodlighting at Gwynne Park, John Dunn Memorial Park and William Skeet Oval, and $1 million for the redevelopment of the Armadale Aquatic Centre.