Facilities upgrade sought
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.