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New home for football in West Australia

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $16.25 million towards the establishment of a new State Football Centre in West Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said football participation in the West was rapidly increasing and new facilities were needed.

“Across the entire State football is booming, led by a surge in female players from a junior age right through to the elite level,” Mr Morrison said.

“We’ve got home grown talent like Sam Kerr lighting up the field and inspiring the next generation of players, so it’s only right that we’ve got the facilities to support this growth.

“This new facility will provide better training options for players while showcasing more W-League games as well as hosting key grassroots and junior games.

“Providing modern, equitable and long-lasting facilities to support our female athletes from a grassroots to elite level has been a key focus of my Government since I became Prime Minister.”

There are more than 230,000 participants in football playing in West Australia. This includes more than 65,000 registered players across more than 250 clubs. 

This investment in sports infrastructure will deliver a new space for the football community to enjoy and boost the facilities available for the growth of the game in West Australia.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons MP said he had been fighting for this project on behalf of the community and the entire football community in Perth.

“Over 2600 people have signed my petition to secure the federal and state funding to bring the State Football Centre to Queens Park,” Mr Irons said.

“I have been working closely with Football West and the City of Canning to bring this opportunity to Queens Park and have worked with my colleague Senator Linda Reynolds to build support for it both locally and in Canberra.  It is fantastic that the PM is here today to give the green light.”

“The Liberal Government is a strong supporter community-focused economic regeneration projects and has delivered the funding that has kick-started the Lathlain Development.

“This will be a big investment into the Queens Park and Cannington area and will boost the local economy while providing the best sporting and recreation facilities for local people and providing more opportunities for everyone to get involved, including girls and women’s sport.”

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said West Australia did not have facilities for elite training and an administration centre for football.

"With participation in sport and physical activity increasing, it is critical that we have the appropriate facilities to support growth in WA football.

"The Liberal and Nationals are continuing to invest in the upgrade of sporting facilities across the country to support the large increase in female participation, helping to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Football West has been working towards delivering a match-day and training facility to specifically showcase W-League, Women’s and Men’s Premier Leagues as well as key grassroots junior football programs.

It is anticipated that the Centre will host international teams such as the Matildas, Socceroos, Manchester United, Chelsea and Shanghai FA, as well as regional football festivals. 

The new Centre would also serve as the administrative headquarters for the body and provide an education centre for coaches and referees.

The Morrison Government’s commitment to the WA State Football Centre builds on previous support for women’s football including $5 million to help Football Federation Australia bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The first two rounds of the $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure program have also delivered more than $18 million to football related projects.

Only the Liberal and Nationals can provide the stronger economy required to deliver investments into sporting facilities across the country which support an increase in female sporting participation.

In addition to the Community Sport Infrastructure program this includes:

  • $150 million for the development of new changing facilities at sporting venues, and better swimming and aquatic precincts across the country;
  • $15 million to support the establishment of a new home for female sport in NSW, providing a more modern facility for the NSW Swifts and paving the way for a new AFLW team in Sydney;
  • $15 million to make Carlton’s Ikon Park the home of AFLW in Victoria; 
  • $15 million to establish a home for the Brisbane Lions AFLW team in Springfield, Queensland; and
  • $12 million to boost participation in women’s tennis at local clubs across the country in partnership with Tennis Australia.

Investments such as this are the dividend of a strong economy and only made possible through sound budget management.

Only by building a stronger economy can the Government invest in key sporting infrastructure and community facilities such as the establishment of the WA State Football Centre.