Grassroots sport in Tasmania’s North-West and West Coasts will be given a boost with a Shorten Labor Government investing $350,000 towards modernising the West Park Sports Facility.
With a capacity of around 12,000 people, West Park is the biggest oval in the region, and one of the most important sports facilities in the state.
It is the home of the Burnie Dockers Football Club, Burnie Hurricanes Cricket Club, the Burnie Cycling Club and the Burnie Athletics Club, and attracts competitors from around the country at the annual New Year’s Day Burnie Gift.
Labor’s $350,000 investment will go towards upgrading facilities to better support girls and women’s participation in sport and the installation of a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard
Critically, the installation of the electronic scoreboard will mean Burnie can host a nationally-broadcast Women’s Big Bash League game.
Federal Labor’s $350,000 investment comes on top of an existing $50,000 commitment from the Burnie Council. Now it’s time for the Hodgman State Government to come to the table – next week’s state budget must commit to the remaining $100,000 to fund these upgrades.
Generations of North-West Tasmanians have grown up learning sport, playing sport, and watching sport at West Park – and Labor will ensure future generations have these same opportunities.
Only Bill Shorten and Justine Keay will stand up for a Fair Go for the North West and West Coasts.
Quotes from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten:
“As a dad, I know how important local sporting facilities are to the community – from Saturday morning athletics to summer cricket and September footy finals. That’s why Labor will make this investment to give West Park the facilities it needs to grow.
“Instead of giving the big banks a big tax cut, I’d rather invest in the facilities the North-West and West Coasts need – better sports facilities, better hospitals, better schools.
“We don’t need another banker in the parliament - we need a local champion fighting against Turnbull’s cuts, and that’s why Braddon needs Justine.”
Quotes from Labor candidate Justine Keay:
“With $350,000 from Federal Labor and $50,000 from the Burnie Council, we now need the Tasmanian Government to come to the party and commit the $100,000 needed to finish the job.”
“This investment will improve change room facilities to enable more women and girls to participate in sport, and give the green light for a Women’s Big Bash League Game at West Park.”
“Week in, week out, hundreds of people from our region put their heart and soul into representing their club at West Park.”
“In the choice between our community sporting clubs and giving the big banks a handout – I’ll always back Braddon. Mr Whiteley doesn’t have the same priorities.”
“I know that every dollar Mr Whiteley signs off to the big banks is a dollar less for facilities, hospitals and schools in Braddon.”