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Is this the end of an innings for the WACA?

 

Western Australia’s Home of Cricket – the iconic WACA is facing an inglorious end if the Federal and State Governments don’t step up to the crease and inject much-needed funding for the “WACA Ground improvement Project”. 

It’s no secret that the WACA has failed to keep pace with modern requirements and its ageing infrastructure needs on-going maintenance and repair.  “By any reasonable estimation, major and urgent works need to be undertaken now, says Senate Candidate for the WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PARTY", Julie Matheson.  

Matheson says “The $75 million WACA improvement project will ensure that this ionic centre will achieve its vision to create a sustainable hub with cricket at its heart and significant benefits for the wider community”.

The project plan will deliver a community destination for residents and visitors alike, allowing multiple sports and playing a key role in activating the East Perth Precinct; transforming the ground into a boutique sporting venue, while maintaining its international cricket accreditation, and complementing Optus Stadium.

It will enhance the ability for Optus Stadium to bid for events with the WACA ground serving as a training facility within close proximity.

It will also provide much needed economic benefits to the state 

This world-famous venue is still home to a diverse range of initiatives. A community footprint of over 200,000 participants, home to 55 junior and senior cricket associations, 447 junior and senior cricket clubs, 4000 volunteers and The West Australian Cricket Association

Cricket Australia has already committed $4 million to the project while the Association has committed to raising a further $10 million through the WA Cricket Foundation!

While federal funding for East Coast facilities like the Adelaide Crows, North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Lions, Richmond Football Club, Carlton Football Club, Swinburne Centre, Sydney Swans, and Collingwood, and in WA Football West  are receiving 15 million dollars each, Australia’s home of cricket is out for a duck.

The grounds rich history includes an enhanced museum facility that retains and honours the sporting, social and cultural history and value of the WACA ground

Matheson says “Former Prime Ministers, Labor’s Bob Hawke, and Liberal John Howard should hang up their baggy greens if the major parties can’t support the project.”   Howzat !

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 Julie Matheson, BA (UWA), Dip FP (Deakin), CFP (FPA)

Party Leader and Senate Candidate for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

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