Liberals promise upgrades to Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club

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Liberal candidate for Pearce Linda Aitken says there are no female change rooms at the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club, so the commitment will make a real difference to the many female sporting teams that play there.

THE Liberals are promising upgrades to the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club worth $2 million with WA Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash saying the work will include dedicated female change rooms.

Senator Cash said the Morrison government – which is now in caretaker mode with the federal election due on May 21 – understood the importance of grassroots support for local clubs, particularly increasing female participation in sport.

“The Liberal candidate Linda Aitken has been fighting for these important upgrades and this is exactly what locals expect of their local representatives,’’ she said.

“The Morrison government’s plan for a stronger economy means we can continue to invest in our local communities.”

Liberal candidate for Pearce Linda Aitken said the funding would ensure the 40-year-old club – located in the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex in Madeley – was fit for purpose and that female athletes had appropriate changing facilities.

Mrs Aitken said many of the clubs using the facilities had experienced a growing membership base and with the increase in more women participating in community sport, they were much needed upgrades.

“There are currently no female change rooms at the club, so this will make a real difference to the many female sporting teams that play at Wanneroo,’’ she said.

“Clubs such as the Cardinals Darts Club, the Wanneroo Districts Hockey Association, and the Costal Sparks and Hamersley Netball Clubs will all benefit from the upgrades.”

Wanneroo Districts Cricket Association president David Minear said the opportunity to be able to give its members and more particularly its female participants, junior and senior, from many sports and backgrounds, facilities that were fitting of a modern society was so important.

“Our facilities are over 40 years old and just not fit for use, for female or male participation, not just for our club but for our community,’’ he said.

“This will be a community hub that will provide a safe, modern, inclusive and professional environment so our participants can be the best they can be.”

WA Cricket Association chief executive officer Christina Matthews said it was an exciting opportunity for cricket in the northern suburbs.

“Importantly it also provides an opportunity for WA Cricket to look at opportunities for WBBL matches to be played in the northern suburbs of Perth for the very first time,’’ she said.