State puts $10m in for Eagles nest
THE State Government has allocated $10 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for the Lathlain Park redevelopment.
The funding will be allocated over four years to support community sport and prepare for the future home training ground of the West Coast Eagles.
Premier Colin Barnett confirmed the funding for the Town of Victoria Park in the State Budget, which matched the Federal Government’s commitment of $10 million.
“The funding will go towards community aspects of the Lathlain Park redevelopment, including an extra oval and the rebuilding of the existing oval, lighting, scoreboard, two-lane synthetic running track, pathways, tennis courts and a playground,” Mr Barnett said.
The park redevelopment, which is part of the town’s larger Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project, will also include an administration and training facility for the Eagles.
Negotiations began in 2013 with West Coast determining whether the new training facility could be accommodated in Lathlain Park.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the State Government had invested about $36 million in developing football in WA since 2008.
“This includes more than $21 million to local governments and clubs to build and upgrade football facilities, more than $3 million in direct financial support to the West Australian Football Commission to run football programs and nearly $4 million through our KidSport program to help children play football,” Ms Davies said.
She said the State Government had provided $10 million to City of Cockburn for the aquatic and recreation facility, as well as $2.4 million through the community sporting and recreations facilities fund that will become the new home for the Fremantle Dockers.
Construction at Lathlain Park is expected to start at the end of the 2016 WAFL season.
Funding boost: Lathlain Park has been given a big cash injection in the State Budget to redevelop facilities.