Premier Mark McGowan today officially opened the redeveloped Joondalup Sports Club, marking the delivery of another election commitment for the growing northern suburbs.
- Premier Mark McGowan joins local MPs Emily Hamilton and Mark Folkard to open upgraded Joondalup multi-sport facility
- New clubrooms to house netball, rugby union, hockey, little athletics and triathlon associations
- Another election commitment delivered for the growing northern suburbs
- Applications open for Government's $12 million grassroots sporting infrastructure program
The club, located adjacent to HBF Arena in Joondalup, has been extended to include two new unisex change rooms, a meeting room, office space, storage area, drink fountains and fencing.
The new change rooms have been designed to be unisex and can be used as female home and away change rooms. All the showers are cubicles with doors, a key feature of the design with the rise in female sports.
The $750,000 upgrades were strongly advocated for by Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard.
The Joondalup Sports Club is home to a number of local sporting groups, including the Joondalup Netball Association, Joondalup Brothers Rugby Union Football Club, Joondalup Lakers Hockey Club, Joondalup Athletics Association and Joondalup XTR (triathlon).
Each weekend hundreds of junior and senior athletes, family members and spectators use the facilities for training and competition.
Applications are now open for the State Government's $12 million grassroots sporting infrastructure program, the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
The CSRFF aims to increase participation in sport and recreation by helping build well-designed and well-utilised facilities for grassroots sporting organisations around the State.
This round has set aside $500,000 for women's facilities, to improve change rooms and other facilities to properly accommodate women's sport.
For application guidelines and to apply, visit http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff)
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Hundreds of local athletes will benefit from the upgrades to Joondalup Sports Club.
"Emily Hamilton and Mark Folkard led the local campaign for these upgraded facilities - both fought hard to deliver this quality sporting infrastructure for the clubs in their local area.
"Grassroots sport is where every athlete gets their start - whether they end up in the green and gold or playing social sport on weekends - and we are committed to providing top-class facilities throughout Western Australia.
"The $12 million Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund is now open - I would encourage all local clubs to apply for upgrades in infrastructure and facilities at their clubs."
Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton:
"Upgrading the Joondalup Sports Club was one of my key election commitments and I'm pleased to have delivered on this for our local community.
"These upgrades have already started to make a huge difference for local clubs and their members, particularly the new change rooms which are much more suitable for female athletes.
"Joondalup is a growing area and it's important we continue to deliver the infrastructure and services that our local groups need."
Comments attributed to Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard:
"As an ex-rugby player, I know how important sport is to our local community. It brings people together and helps build camaraderie.
"These new upgrades will create more opportunities for our local clubs to participate and hopefully encourage more young people to get involved.
"With more than $12 million available in sports grants through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, I hope to see more improvements to our local clubs in the near future."