Revamp of the WACA sports facility to generate 250 jobs

Posted: 16th Dec

The Morrison Government has pledged $30 million to redevelop the Western Australia Cricket Association ground as part of an ambitious plan to inject some life into Perth's CBD.

The project will see the WACA become a 10,000-spectator capacity "boutique stadium" and community sporting hub with a ten-lane indoor cricket facility, green spaces and community play areas.

The ground will also feature high performance and administration facilities, a community fitness space and a public piazza to attract punters during the cricket off-season.

The project is expected to support more than 250 jobs through construction and secure the employment of the ground's current 120 staff.

The entire project would cost about $75 million, with the WACA contributing $15 million and the state government expected to chip in the remainder.

In May, then oppositition leader Bill Shorten promised to deliver the $30 million if Labor won the federal election, a commitment that was not matched by the Coalition at the time.

But Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced the funding and detailed plans at the WACA on Sunday morning.

He said the project built on the Morrison Government's commitment to improve sporting infrastructure in Perth, which also included a  $16.25 million cash boost to establish a new State Football Centre.

"The redeveloped WACA ground will help to energise the East Perth precinct, providing important services and facilities, while providing a new venue for sport, entertainment and community events," Senator Cormann said.

The project is part of the upcoming Perth City Deal, a partnership between the state and federal governments to build ambitious infrastructure based on the McGowan government's flagship Metronet project.

The deal would aim to better connect Perth's suburbs, reduce congestion and plan for new urban infrastructure to cater for the city's forecasted population growth.

Mr Cormann said the deal would "unlock significant economic activity for WA" by creating jobs and "bringing more energy" to the Perth CBD.

The federal government has locked in seven deals across the country, including Townsville, Launceston, Western Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Adelaide.

Perth and South East Queensland are set to follow, with the WA deal to be finalised in the first half of 2020.

 

Source: WAToday - https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/30-million-lifeline-for-the-waca-in-ambitious-plan-to-revamp-perth-20191215-p53k36.html