Fa­cil­i­ties up­grade sought

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - READ IT ON­LINE FIRST AT www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au Lucy Jarvis

SPORTS clubs are dis­ap­pointed about a yet-to-be ful­filled elec­tion prom­ise for funds to up­grade Abbeville Park.

Mindarie Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary Neil Gor­nell said the club had hoped flood­lights and change rooms would re­ceive up­grades af­ter both State Elec­tion can­di­dates for the Burns Beach elec­torate promised $400,000.

How­ever, Mr Gor­nell said they learned last week that the State Gov­ern­ment had given the City of Wan­neroo only $10,000 this fi­nan­cial year for de­sign up­grades.

He said the club split train­ing ses­sions for its 130 ju­nior mem­bers over four nights be­cause of the lim­ited light­ing.

“If we had flood­lights, we could all train to­gether on two nights. That greatly re­duces our abil­ity to grow the club. We don’t have the fa­cil­i­ties for older kids,” he said.

Mr Gor­nell said if the City had re­ceived the fund­ing, it could spend about $300,000 on up­grad­ing the flood­lights and use the re­main­der to pro­vide stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for groups such as the Mindarie Mus­tangs Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club.

“The lit­tle ath­let­ics club have pur­chased their own sea con­tainer. We have 20 coaches who have all their equip­ment in their garages,” he said.

In March, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard said he would match a pre-elec­tion prom­ise by then Lib­eral MLA Al­bert Ja­cob to pro­vide $400,000 for Abbeville Park up­grades.

“We are com­mit­ted to the Abbeville Park up­grades and will de­liver on our com­mit­ment,” he told the Times.

“The State Bud­get in­cluded an ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion of $10,000 to­wards the up­grades. De­tails on the al­lo­ca­tion of re­main­ing fund­ing will be an­nounced in due course.”

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said he would work with the clubs to pres­sure the Gov­ern­ment to de­liver on the prom­ise.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter, Ni­cole James and Neil Gor­nell with Mindarie Mus­tangs Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and Mindarie FC rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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