First stage of Sounness Park upgrade opens
MOUNT Barker is celebrating the evolution of new community sports facilities today, with the official opening of stage one of the Sounness Park Community Recreation Development project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has committed more than $1 million to the overall project, which will be completed in three stages.
“Once completed, this project will be a sporting drawcard for the local region, providing an economic boost to Mount Barker,” Mr Truss said.
“Building better sporting facilities such as Souness Park is an important part of creating stronger and more vibrant regional communities and enhancing the lifestyle of people living outside major metropolitan centres.”
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson attended the official opening and said the project involved three stages.
“I’m pleased to see the completion of stage one which has delivered a new clubroom and change rooms and the refurbishment of a combined soccer and football oval,” Mr Wilson said.
“More work is to come, with stages two and three involving the construction of a combined cricket and soccer oval, as well as a synthetic hockey oval with lighting to a state competition standard.”
Western Australian Member for Wagin Terry Waldron said the project will provide a high quality central sports zone which will bring nine sporting clubs together.
“Better competition and training facilities means more participation in sports by local residents and greater community collaboration and leadership,” Mr Waldron said.
Stages two and three are expected to be completed by September 2015.