Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke today inspected progress on the new basketball and athletics facilities to replace the former Commonwealth Games facilities at Perry Lakes.
The $73.3million project includes the construction of athletics and basketball facilities at AK Reserve in Mt Claremont.
With the work on schedule for the completion of the athletics stadium in March 2009 and the basketball centre in October of the same year, Mr Kobelke said it was pleasing to see how much had already been achieved on the site.
“These new facilities are desperately needed to replace the outdated and now unsafe facilities at Perry Lakes,” he said.
Being built across the road from the old Perry Lakes Stadium, the new facilities will join the sports precinct which is already home to Challenge Stadium, the Western Australian Institute of Sport and UWA Sports Park.
The Minister visited the site to inspect the preliminary works that had already been completed, including the fencing of the flora corridor, excavation of the athletics stadium arena and embankment, and the excavation of the basketball stadium basement car park and building foundations.
“I am very appreciative of the support of the Town of Cambridge in overcoming initial concerns to help ensure this world class project moves forward,” Mr Kobelke said.
“Since the announcement of BGC Construction as the successful tenderer in December, this project has made some major headway.
“These facilities are part of a long-term, co-ordinated plan to ensure that WA is served with the very best facilities for both grassroots sports and elite level competitors in Australia.”
When completed, the athletics stadium will feature an international standard track and lighting, a 2,000-seat grandstand and grassed banking for a further 8,000 people. The basketball centre will feature eight courts and a 2,000-seat show court.
“The Carpenter Government is committed to using our strong economy to deliver better services for all levels of sport and it is exciting to see this project so well advanced,” Mr Kobelke said.
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