Councils score sports cash

FREMANTLE council’s plans to build a joint-club facility at Fremantle Park moved a step closer this week with a $400,000 grant from the WA government.

Melville also fared well in the annual community and sports recreation fund, with $1 million towards a $3.75m synthetic playing field and clubrooms on the grounds of Murdoch University.

Melville mayor Russell Aubrey says he thinks it’s the first such collaboration between a council and a university in WA.

“Our sports reserves across the city have been running near capacity for some time, and the issue of how we cater for the continued growth of sport, while balancing access and amenity for the community is one the city has been working through for a number of years,” Mr Aubrey said.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt told the Herald the state’s $400,000 would be enough to progress his council’s plans to co-locate the Fremantle bowls, tennis and workers clubs on the park.

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