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Albany now home to ‘the best sporting precinct anywhere in regional WA’
New facilities at Albany's Centennial Park Sporting Precinct make it “the best sporting precinct anywhere in regional WA, perhaps in (all) WA”, according to Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan.
Speaking during the recent opening of the new $800,000 eastern precinct multi-sport pavilion in the Precinct, the final stage of a $7 million upgrade project at Centennial Park - which also included new playing fields, parking, pathways, lighting and irrigation works - Premier McGowan stated "two-and-a-half years ago we committed $7 million to upgrade this key regional sporting facility, and I'm delighted to be here (to open) the final stage of the project.
"My Government knows how much of an integral role sport plays in country life and we are always proud to support quality, inclusive community facilities like this.
"The development of this precinct has been driven locally by the City and (Albany MLA) Peter Watson over many years and we thank all involved, including local clubs and volunteers, in driving this forward.
"I'm particularly proud that this project was delivered by a local builder, a local architect, and local contractors - in line with the State Government's commitment to support local jobs in country areas."
The Albany Triathlon Club, Albany Cycling Club and Southern Districts Junior Football Club will all make the new pavilion home. It features two change spaces, contemporary unisex toilets, an undercover all-weather area, kiosk and ample storage space.
Centennial Park is the major sporting hub for the Great Southern region, catering for a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports. The pavilion's opening marks the completion of Stage 2 of the Centennial Park Eastern Precinct upgrade.
Over the last 10 years the Western Australian Government has contributed $16.75 million to help complete Stage 1 of the project.
Images: The new pavilion at the Albany Centennial Park Sporting Precinct (top, courtesy of WADSR/Malcolm_Heberle) and the Precinct by night (below).
17th February 2017 - $3.5 million backing for regional sporting facilities in Western Australia
10th May 2016 - Further $5.75 million in funding for Albany’s Centennial Park
6th August 2013 - Go ahead for City of Albany’s Centennial Park Sporting Precinct
6th January 2013 - Upgrade for Albany recreation facilities
26th July 2019 - New Albany youth precinct to be funded by $950,000 Lotterywest grant
29th September 2015 - Western Australia increases grant funding for regional pools
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