- State Government funds new $1.8 million pavilion for southern suburbs netball hub
- WA-built project to support local jobs in a range of industries
The award-winning Fremantle Netball Association is set to undergo a revitalisation, with the McGowan Government supporting the southern suburbs netball hub to build a brand new $1.8 million pavilion.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk visited the club’s busy bee on Sunday (September 16) to discuss the upgrades and the importance of quality sporting facilities in the suburbs.
Fremantle Netball Association is a fixture for many Western Australian families during netball season, with the club’s courts accommodating thousands of local netballers each weekend.
As well as providing a boost to grassroots sport, the $1.8 million project will be built by WA company Buildwell Group, with support from WA small businesses and contractors.
Buildwell Group has engaged a strong majority of local contractors to assist with the project, including specifically targeting local subcontractors with existing relationships with the club.
The project will create work for electricians, manufacturers, plumbers and other tradespeople, supporting local jobs and the local economy.
The new building is being funded through the McGowan Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, which provides support for local organisations to build infrastructure to grow their sport.
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“What better club to demonstrate the benefits of providing quality local facilities than the Fremantle Netball Association.
“Their participation levels are through the roof, and it is terrific to visit and see the hundreds of players of all ages out here during netball season.
“Not only will the new pavilion provide huge benefits to grassroots netball, the $1.8 million build will support local jobs in a range of industries.”
As stated by Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley:
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the new facilities for the Fremantle Netball Association at Frank Gibson Park; the facilities were built over 60 years ago, so it’s high time for an upgrade.
“These upgrades will ensure our community is able to attend matches more comfortably, with better parking, better seating for spectators and better facilities for players.
“Access to secure change rooms and toilets is especially important for female players, so I’m pleased local players will be well catered to.
“Netball at Frank Gibson Park is such an important part of our community’s Saturdays. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes, out with the old and in with the new.”
As stated by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk:
“The McGowan Labor Government is proud to back women’s sport.
“Over 5,000 girls play at Frank Gibson Park every Saturday during netball season. These upgrades are an investment in creating strong, confident and healthy young women in our community.”