Call for court ac­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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