- $1.5 million State Government grant to kickstart sporting precinct with new cricket and football ovals
- City of Rockingham's new community sport precinct to serve growing local population
The construction of a new community sport precinct in Baldivis is set to begin, with the State Government providing $1.5 million towards the complex's first cricket and football ovals.
The Baldivis Sporting Complex is a major project for the City of Rockingham, which will provide the growing local population with access to new grassroots sporting facilities.
The construction of ovals is part of stage one of the development. Further stages are expected to include pavilions, an indoor recreation centre and outdoor courts, as well as passive recreation spaces and an area specifically for young people.
The estimated overall cost for stage one of the City of Rockingham-led project is $17.5 million, plus the $9.7 million cost to purchase land.
The new ovals are funded through the McGowan Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), which delivers millions of dollars each year to grassroots clubs to build quality local sporting infrastructure.
The CSRFF helps to foster healthier and more connected communities by providing better places for people to play sport and recreate, while also providing project work for WA businesses and creating local jobs.
The Baldivis Sporting Complex project is one of 22 throughout Western Australia to receive a share of more than $8.2 million in the latest funding round.
The fund has two rounds of small grants each year that open in February and July, and one larger grant round that opens in June. For more information, visit http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff)
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The McGowan Government is so pleased to be able to assist to get stage one of this project off the ground.
"The City of Rockingham should be commended for their vision in developing the Baldivis Sporting Complex project - looking long term to provide quality sporting facilities for local people.
"Community sport and recreation is vital for getting people of all ages out and about and staying physically and mentally fit and healthy, and the State Government is delighted to have been able to contribute to these new ovals."
Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby:
"Baldivis is one of the fastest growing sporting communities in Australia and this project will help meet the extraordinary demand for playing grounds, outdoor courts plus indoor courts and other facilities.
"Our local Aussie Rules, soccer, cricket and basketball clubs are some of the biggest in WA and each year, more children are signing up to play.
"It's great to see so many people actively engaged in local sport and the Baldivis District Sporting Complex will help create an even healthier and more active Baldivis."
Comments attributed to City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels:
"Council thanks the McGowan Government for their very important financial contribution for stage one. The City looks forward to getting on with the works as soon as possible so the community can enjoy what will be a great community facility.
"With future stages still to come and a total estimated construction value of $48 million, the City will be seeking further funding support to deliver the overall district facility for community activation."
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