Wanneroo sports clubs set to benefit if Albanese wins May election

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton and Labor candidate for Pearce Tracey Roberts join Wanneroo Cricket Club and the Wanneroo Amateur Football Club members for the funding promise. Picture: Anita McInnes

LABOR candidate for Pearce Tracey Roberts has promised a combined $420,000 to the Wanneroo Cricket Club and the Wanneroo Amateur Football Club as campaigning for the May 21 federal election ramps up.

Mrs Roberts, who is on unpaid leave from her position as mayor of the City of Wanneroo, said under an Albanese Labor government the Wanneroo Amateur Football Club would receive $300,000 towards upgrades and expansions to facilities.

This would allow the club to continue to modernise and provide facilities for its growing player and spectator base.

The Wanneroo Cricket Club would receive $120,000 for lighting around the cricket nets, which are under a tree canopy and cannot be used in the evening, limiting the club’s training options.

Mrs Roberts’ statement said the McGowan Government had already committed $500,000 to the upgrades and the funding from an Albanese Labor government would ensure the clubroom works were completed.

She said the clubs provided an important role in bringing the community together offering a fun way to maintain health and fitness and making lifelong friendships.

“I am very proud to support these sporting clubs as this funding will greatly benefit the club’s membership,’’ she said.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said it was great to see a state Labor government and federal Labor working together to achieve results for the local community.

Wanneroo Cricket Club president Peter Weir said the funding would help significantly.

“Shade starts to affect the nets around 4pm in the summer and gets progressively worse until sunset,’’ he said.

“This restricts training as there isn’t enough light to play.

“These lights will allow our team to train at night during the cricket season.”