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$165 million to keep Western Australians healthy, active and connected

Posted on February 13, 2021

$165 million to keep Western Australians healthy, active and connected

  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to deliver almost $165 million for community and sporting infrastructure across Western Australia, helping create around 750 local jobs
  • $10 million for a Club Night Light Program to support additional lighting at local sports facilities
  • $2 million for grassroots sporting clubs to make facilities female friendly and boost women’s participation
  • $4.2 million to support Community Neighbourhood Centres to transition into the Empowering Communities program

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver almost $165 million for community and sporting infrastructure across the State to help Western Australians stay active, healthy, and connected with their local community.

The package includes more than $104 million for 33 sporting infrastructure projects across WA – including 14 in the regions. A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver:

  • $10 million to progress the Canning Vale Regional Sporting Complex;
  • $10 million towards the Port Hedland Sporting and Community Hub;
  • $5 million for a major upgrade of the Wanneroo Recreation Centre;
  • $8 million towards the redevelopment of club facilities at Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club;
  • $3 million to the Leschenault Leisure Centre Expansion;
  • $2.9 million to upgrade the Craigie Leisure Centre; and
  • $2.5 million to upgrade to community and sporting facilities at Heathridge Park.

A further $35.1 million will be invested into 20 community infrastructure projects under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, including:

  • $5 million to the Chung Wah Association for a new multipurpose community centre;
  • $3.5 million for a Community Hub in Ellenbrook;
  • $3.5 million towards the Halls Creek Town Centre Development project;
  • $3 million to develop a Community Scout Hall in Tapping;
  • $2.6 million for an All Abilities/All Ages Play Space in Clarkson; and
  • $3 million towards the City of Mandurah’s new multi-purpose community centre in Dawesville.

The local infrastructure investment will create around 750 jobs in local communities around the State.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will open a $10 million Club Night Light Program, a grant fund allowing local governments to apply for lighting of local sports facilities, expanding their use.

If re-elected, the Government will provide a $2 million boost to the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), making more money available to grassroots sporting clubs to make facilities female friendly and boost women’s participation in local sport.

To support the vital work of Community Neighbourhood Centres, a McGowan Labor Government will provide $4.2 million to support nine centres across the metropolitan area to transition into the Empowering Communities program.

Recognising the important role the Peel-Harvey Estuary plays in the Dawesville and Mandurah communities, the McGowan Labor Government will also deliver $5 million to implement the Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plan (Bindjareb Djilba).

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will also double the Multicultural Community Grants Program funding to $1 million annually to support local multicultural groups around the State.

The total package builds on the McGowan Labor Government’s significant investment into sport and community infrastructure through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $170 million to upgrade local community facilities across the State, and $130 million towards sporting facilities.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan: 

“Local sport is at the heart of our communities, and I know how important it is for Western Australians to stay active, healthy, and connected with their local community.

“My government’s WA Recovery Plan has delivered an unprecedented $300 million investment into local community and sporting facilities – creating local jobs through building and upgrading local infrastructure across the State

“This $165 million commitment will give West Australians access to top-quality facilities, keep communities connected and create local jobs for local workers during construction.

“Our $2 million boost to the CSRFF will give more Western Australian women and girls the opportunity to participate at their local sporting clubs, levelling the playfield at a grassroots level with quality female-friendly facilities.”