Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan is pleased to announce a $500,000 funding boost for the City of Stirling to redevelop sporting facilities at Des Penman Reserve in Nollamara.
The sporting ground is home to the Nollamara Amateur Football Club and hosts various other codes including cricket, tennis and bowling.
The funding, provided under the Coalition Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program, will be used to upgrade the reserve’s clubrooms which haven’t been renovated since they were built in the 1980’s.
Mr Keenan said both the community and the clubs deserve an upgrade.
“Touring the facility, it’s clear the clubrooms are in desperate need of a facelift, particularly the kitchen and change rooms,” Mr Keenan said.
“I’ve been working hard with the numerous sporting codes operating out of this facility for many months and it’s a pleasure to announce this funding today.
“These upgrades will not only increase community participation at the football club, but the other community organisations using the reserve as well.
“It will also ensure the facility can accommodate both the men’s and women’s football teams at the same time, which is vital given the growing popularity of women’s football in our local area this year.”
The investment is part of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program which has provided $28 million in projects across Australia to help encourage greater participation in sport and the wider community.
“Our success as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities,” Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said.
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the City was thrilled with the announcement.
“This is a big win for the Club, the community and the City and we are very grateful for the support of Minister Keenan and the Federal Government,” Mayor Irwin said.
“The Pavilion upgrade is a central element of the Des Penman Master Plan and will see a significant refurbishment to the facilities used by Football in Winter and Cricket in Summer,”
“We have been working to secure funding for the club’s upgrade for some time, so we are really pleased with this outcome.”
Another round of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program will open early next year and will allocate an additional $28 million dollars in grants for local community sporting organisations.