Call to re­store re­cre­ation fund­ing

Comment News (Armadale) - - News -

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.

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