As the whistle blows for the first West Coast Fever home game for the 2014 netball season, Premier Colin Barnett today inspected what will become the new home for netball in Western Australia.
Since commencing in July 2013, the $26million project is fast taking shape with the major steel structures now erected for the State Netball Centre in Jolimont.
“Netball is a growing sport in WA, both in the city and the regions,” Mr Barnett said.
“I know the centre will encourage increased participation and excellence at all levels and among players of all ages.”
The Premier said the centre would provide a venue for the State league netball competition, West Coast Fever training, development squads and community netball activities. It is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2014.
“This time next year the facility will be in full operation, underpinning the future of netball in WA,” he said.
The concrete slab has been laid, the majority of the steel framework has been erected and roofing has started.
The next exciting milestones for the project include constructing the Netball WA offices on the building’s first floor, completion of the building’s facade and installation of the sports flooring and spectator seating.
“The State Government is committed to providing the best facilities for athletes and spectators,” Mr Barnett said.
“This includes the new State Netball Centre, the recent redevelopment of nib Stadium, construction of the new WA Institute of Sport High Performance Centre and, of course, the new Perth Stadium.”
Construction commenced July 2013, centre expected to be opened late 2014
Once completed, facilities at the State Netball Centre will include: four indoor netball courts; nine competitor changerooms; facilities for West Coast Fever; spectator seating for 1,050 people; Netball WA offices and a kiosk facility
40,000 registered netballers in WA
West Coast Fever first home game this weekend, Sunday March 9. They will play Melbourne Vixens at Challenge Stadium
Minister’s office - 6552 6100