State puts $10m in for Ea­gles nest

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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