WA Labor to expand South West Sports Centre with new indoor courts

Posted on January 21, 2021
  • $8 million upgrade to build new indoor multi-use courts at Hay Park Sporting Precinct
  • Increased capacity for grassroots basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey and futsal/indoor soccer
  • Project to meet much-needed demand for growing sports participation in the region

Bunbury’s South West Sports Centre will receive $8 million to build additional indoor multi-use courts under a re-elected McGowan Government.

The improvements will increase available indoor playing space at the facility – enhancing the city’s key indoor sports centre, which no longer has the capacity to meet demand from the growing community.

The new courts will accommodate a range of sports – including basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey and futsal/indoor soccer – increasing the venue’s capacity and giving it a new lease on life.

The South West Sports Centre’s current basketball courts do not meet national standards to allow for professional-level basketball games and competitions to be played at the facility.

New courts which meet professional standards would allow Bunbury to host major basketball matches and competitions, delivering sports tourism benefits and providing the local community with access to high-level competition.

A re-elected McGowan Government will provide the City of Bunbury with $8 million funding to progress the project.

The centre, located within the Hay Park Sporting Precinct, is the Bunbury area’s principal regional sporting facility – home to the Bunbury Basketball Association, Bunbury Swimming Club and Bunbury Water Polo Club.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“The South West Sports Centre has served Bunbury’s grassroots sporting community well but we have got to the point where the demand for court space has exceeded capacity.

“This investment will give the facility a new lease on life and provide local clubs with more court space to play, train and compete – delivering on the vital health and community outcomes grassroots sport provides for the people of Bunbury.

“Local member Don Punch has worked hard with his community and the City of Bunbury to advocate for this important project and we look forward to delivering these upgrades for the local community.”

Comments attributed to Member for Bunbury Don Punch MLA:

“I have worked closely with our dedicated local sporting clubs to make the case for this much-needed expansion and I am delighted we have secured this investment for our community.

“I have been particularly impressed with how collaborative the various sporting organisations have been in working towards this common goal.

“Premier Mark McGowan and a re-elected WA Labor Government will assist the South West Sports Centre to develop the capacity to meet the huge demand for grassroots sports in and around Bunbury.

“This project will provide our local basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey and indoor soccer club with brilliant new facilities to continue to providing great local programs for Bunbury people of all ages.”