The State Government has invested $2 million towards a major redevelopment of Morley Sport and Recreation Centre which will see the construction of two new basketball courts to meet the facility’s growing demand for court time.
The stage one design, which was unveiled at the City of Bayswater this week, is a McGowan Government election commitment through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
The centre is home to the East Perth District Basketball Association (EPDBA) which has seen a significant growth in membership over the past decade with junior participation doubling during this period.
A feasibility study was finalised in 2019 which showed that the two new courts were needed to keep up with current and future demand of the facility.
Other upgrades include new sports lighting for the rugby pitches including a field realignment.
The redevelopment was made possible by a $2 million McGowan Government 2017 election commitment and years of advocacy by local member, Amber-Jade Sanderson.
Additional funding of $3.5 million was provided by the City of Bayswater.
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“The Morley Sport and Recreation Centre is the base facility for the EPDBA competitions and I understand that recently conducted tryouts for the WA Basketball League saw unprecedented numbers across all age groups.
“I am pleased that the McGowan Government is able to deliver on this commitment which will enable increased access to brand new basketball courts for grassroots basketball participants.
“This project is an excellent example of State and local governments working together to provide grassroots facilities for local communities. Without State Government funding, this project would not have been able to go ahead.”