$10 million in 2016-17 State Budget for Lathlain Park redevelopment
State Government proud to support community sport and recreation facilities
Lathlain will also become new training home for West Coast Eagles
The State Government has reinforced its support for community sport by allocating $10 million over four years to redevelop Lathlain Park, which will include a new training home for the West Coast Eagles.
Premier Colin Barnett confirmed funding for the Town of Victoria Park was allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget and matched the Australian 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 State Government has a proud history supporting community sport in Western Australia, including football, and this funding will help the town build a first-class sport and recreation facility for its residents."
The Lathlain Park redevelopment - which is part of the town's larger Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project - will also include an administration and training facility for the West Coast Eagles, who will fund their own dedicated facilities as part of the overall project.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the town had been considering the redevelopment for a long time and negotiations began in 2013 with the West Coast Eagles to determine whether their new facility could be accommodated within 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.
"The State Government also provided $10 million to the City of Cockburn for community elements of the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Facility, plus $2.4 million through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities fund, which will also become the new training facility and headquarters for the Fremantle Dockers.
"In addition, we are building the new multi-purpose 60,000-seat Perth Stadium on the Burswood Peninsula."
Construction at Lathlain Park is expected to start at the end of the 2016 WAFL season with community consultation to occur beforehand.
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