Queens Park to become WA’s ‘home of football’

Scott Morrison and the Liberals have pledged more than $16 million towards the construction of a new state football centre in Perth’s east.

This pledge comes after Labor committed $10 million to the development in March.

Scott Morrison shows his soccer chops at Maniana Park yesterday. Photo: Ben Smith.

Liberal MP for Swan Steve Irons wants Labor to honour its promise to construct the facility, after similar plans in 2016 were left unfulfilled.

“The State Labor government backed out of a new home for WA Football after the last State election. I encourage Mark McGowan to support WA Football and get on board for the benefit of local constituents,” he said.

Scott Morrison, Steve Irons and Sherif Andrawes at Maniana Park yesterday. Photo: Ben Smith.

Maniana Park on Whitlock Rd in Queens Park is the location at which the state-of-the-art soccer training facility is set to be built.

WA’s new ‘home of football’. Source: Apple Maps.

Ashfield Reserve in Perth’s north-east was earmarked as the initial location for the development, however a combination of a lack of funding and opposition from the council and community halted its progress.

Former Bassendean mayor John Gangell said he was more confident in the proposed project being completed now than back in 2016.

“You really do need both sides of the political persuasion to commit to projects like this,” he said.

“Had it just been one side that committed to do it and they go on to lose the election, there’d be an unlikeliness that the funding would be forthcoming for that project.

“If both sides are committing funds for the project, it is far more likely to get support and actually be built and established.”

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes believed this time around the development would come to fruition.

“We’re very confident the state government will come to the party,” he said.

‘That area of Queens Park could do with a bit of regeneration, I think it will really revitalise the area and activate that corridor quite a lot.”

With women’s football growing in WA the centre looks set to be a permanent home for the Perth Glory women’s side which currently splits its games between Dorrien Gardens and HBF Park.

“It provides a great opportunity to develop new world-class recreation facilities accessible to the whole community, including much needed facilities for girls and women’s sport,” Mr Irons said.

“It’s going to add a lot to the football resources in WA, particularly to female football,” Mr Andrawes said.

“There hasn’t been any agreement with the Perth Glory yet, but the hope would be to play W-League games there.”

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