Roost­ers fly coop

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

FRE­MAN­TLE is set to lose an­other sports club af­ter the Fre­man­tle Roost­ers were awarded ten­ancy of a new re­serve in Cock­burn.

At their June meet­ing, City of Cock­burn coun­cil­lors passed a rec­om­men­da­tion to award win­ter ten­ancy of Treeby’s new sport­ing re­serve to Fre­man­tle Roost­ers Rugby League Club.

The Roost­ers would be the third club in as many years to move from Fre­man­tle to Cock­burn, fol­low­ing the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers’ move to Cock­burn ARC in 2017 and Fre­man­tle Hockey Club’s up­com­ing move to the nearly com­plete hockey fa­cil­ity in South Lake.

Cock­burn re­cre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Travis Moore said they were one of the fastest­grow­ing ar­eas in WA, pro­vid­ing sports clubs with an op­por­tu­nity to grow their mem­ber­ship base.

“The City is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing high-stan­dard sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties; this can be seen in the Com­mu­nity Sport and Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Plan, which has iden­ti­fied more than $209 mil­lion in new sport­ing de­vel­op­ments over the next 15 years,” he said.

A City of Fre­man­tle spokesman said they were work­ing hard to up­grade lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties for the more than 50 sport­ing clubs us­ing Fre­man­tle parks, re­serves and fa­cil­i­ties.

“In re­cent years, the City has made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments to up­grade our sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, such as the ren­o­va­tion of the grand­stand and chang­e­rooms at Gil­bert Fraser Re­serve and the ex­pan­sion of the cricket nets at Stevens Re­serve,” he said.

“Con­struc­tion is un­der way on the new Fre­man­tle Park Sports and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, which will be home to the Fre­man­tle Ten­nis Club and Fre­man­tle Bowl­ing Club, while the State Gov­ern­ment has in­vested $1.8 mil­lion to build the new net­ball pavil­ion at Frank Gib­son Park.

“The City is also plan­ning for the con­struc­tion of a new club­house at the Fre­man­tle Pub­lic Golf Course, and longer term the re­de­vel­op­ment of Fre­man­tle Oval to ac­com­mo­date both East Fre­man­tle and South Fre­man­tle WAFL clubs.”

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