Call for court action
COCKBURN basketballers hope the winner of the Federal Election will send $15 million their way to help build them a new home.
As part of the Growth Areas Peel and Perth (GAPP) campaign, the City of Cockburn and Cockburn Basketball Association (CBA) have been lobbying for $15m in Federal funding to help build a six-court multi-purpose indoor sport stadium in Hamilton Hill to replace the Cockburn Cougar’s ageing home, Wally Hagan Stadium.
The $30m project is also expected to incorporate other sporting codes with the development of an AFL sized oval, two new rectangular playing fields, bike pump track, skate park and outdoor lighting.
On May 1, Labor announced an $18m commitment to redeveloping Ray Owen Sports Centre in Lesmurdie, the home court of fellow SBL team Kalamunda Eastern Suns, but CBA general manager Tyrone Thwaites said no commitments had come Cockburn’s way yet.
“This community has been crying out for a new facility since the turn of the century and so far, if not for the City of Cockburn, it has been full of government inaction,” he said.
“Kalamunda just received an $18m boost via a commitment to their basketball and football facilities, South Perth have just had millions of dollars committed to a brand-new eight-court indoor facility, Willetton is about to double its court space thanks to the current Federal Government, Rockingham has brand-new flooring courtesy of the State Government, but Wally Hagan remains off the State and Federal Government’s agenda at present.
“Without Federal funding, the local community will not have access to the facilities they deserve.”
Fremantle MHR and Labor candidate Josh Wilson, who last week pledged $75,000 to teams using the Beeliar Community Centre and Oval if his party won the election, said he supported upgrades to Wally Hagan.
“I’ve played competitive basketball at Wally Hagan and it is certainly time to expand and modernise that facility,” he said.
Liberal candidate Nicole Robins said she understood the push for enhanced sporting facilities in the population growth suburbs of Hamilton Hill, Coogee, Spearwood and Munster.
“The Coalition has always kept an open mind about such initiatives and if elected, I would be delighted to raise this initiative in Canberra,” she said.
Hear more from the eight candidates ahead of the May 18 election in next week’s Gazette.