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Cricket welcomes Federal Government funding towards the WACA Ground
The redevelopment of Western Australia's famous WACA Ground is to go ahead with the Federal Government today announcing a contribution of $30 million towards the project to revitalise the East Perth venue.
The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Cricket Australia welcomed the investment which will be a key component of the upcoming Perth City Deal, marking a significant move toward creating a sustainable community and sporting hub with a focus on cricket..
In addition to this investment Cricket Australia will provide $4 million, while the WACA will raise another $10 million through the WA Cricket Foundation, with the hope that a commitment from the Western Australian Government will be secured.
The $30 million commitment will help transform the state’s oldest and most famous sporting ground into a 10,000 spectator capacity multi-sport boutique venue that will invigorate the East Perth precinct, provide equitable training facilities for elite sporting teams and complement Optus Stadium.
The revitalisation project includes a 10-lane indoor cricket facility for use by all levels of cricket; high performance and administration facilities; a ground suitable for Australian rules football and other sports; a multi-sport indoor facility; a community fitness facility; and a piazza-style space that can be enjoyed by the community year round.
WACA Chair Tuck Waldron, Chief Executive Christina Matthews and Australian Men’s Team Coach Justin Langer welcomed Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann to the WACA Ground today to announce the $30 million commitment.
Minister Cormann advised “the WACA has put forward a great proposal with a great vision for this historic ground. It’s a proposal which fits perfectly within our vision for a broader federal Government City Deal for Perth, which we intend to announce in the lead-up to next year’s Budget.
“This project honours the history of the WACA Ground while providing a modern community friendly facility which will be a great asset for Perth and WA.”
Matthews noted "we are so grateful to Minister Cormann, the Federal Government and, in particular, all the Ministers and Members from WA who have advocated strongly for the WACA Ground Improvement Project. It is their advocacy and support of cricket in WA that has led to today’s announcement, which is a very exciting step forward for the future of cricket.
“So many of us have a cherished WACA Ground memory and now we can retain its heritage and rich history, while creating a venue with a strong community focus that has multi-sport, gender equal facilities.
“This funding commitment will provide an opportunity to utilise the WACA Ground as a boutique ground that complements Optus Stadium and activates the East Perth precinct.”
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts added “much like Langer and Lillee, the WACA Ground defines the history of cricket in WA. Today’s announcement is an historic moment for the WACA Ground and very significant for Australian Cricket.
"This investment will revitalise the WACA Ground and ensure that it will continue to serve as the Home of Cricket in WA for many years to come.”
Australian Men’s Team Coach and Western Australian cricket icon Justin Langer also commented “it’s terrific the Federal Government is committed to the future of the WACA Ground, with all its history that is held so dear not just by me, but every other West Australian cricketer who has had the chance to play there.
"I’ve never been shy about declaring how much I love the WACA Ground and the role it’s played in my career. But it’s not just about history, now we can look to the future and know the WACA Ground can continue to be a place where memories are made. Thank you to the Federal Government for going into bat for the WACA.”
Images show concept drawings for the redevelopment of the WACA.
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18th September 2018 - WACA and Murdoch University agree formalisation of long-standing relationship
18th December 2017 - Quieter future for the WACA with redevelopment still planned
7th December 2017 - Plans for WACA to be redeveloped as ‘boutique’ cricket venue
27th November 2017 - MCG secures new head curator from the WACA
14th July 2017 - WACA adds business and political experience to its board
12th May 2017 - WACA to host December Ashes Test
17th September 2016 - WACA executive named Western Australia’s Not For Profit Leader of the Year
3rd September 2015 - WACA to lose major international games to new Perth Stadium
2nd September 2015 - Dennis Lillee resigns as WACA president
17th June 2015 - Western Australia Premier urges AFL teams to co-locate at the WACA
19th December 2013 - WACA abandons stadium redevelopment plan
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