Grant will boost project’s coffers

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Forrest Park.
Camera IconForrest Park. Credit: David Bailey / South Western Times

New and much-needed sporting facilities at Forrest Park are a step closer to reality with the Bunbury City Council applying for a half-a-million-dollar grant to help with the project.

The council already has a little more than $1 million in its long-term financials to replace the Forrest Park Pavilion, but needs help from the State Government.

It was last night expected to support applying for a $500,000 Community Sport and Recreation Facility Funding grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Mayor Gary Brennan said the facilities were “very aged” and Forrest Park needed some attention.

“We do need the State Government support of half a million dollars to assist us and we’ll carry the rest,” Mr Brennan said.

“Forrest Park gets used a heck of a lot, it’s a great sporting location.

“There is a bit of an overflow from when the miniature railway have major events there and it’s a very beautiful, central passive area for people who just want to walk or exercise their dogs or jog — it’s a superb location that gets well used.”

The Bunbury Dynamos Soccer and Marist Cricket clubs use the pavilion year-round and council staff are in negotiations with both clubs around what they will contribute.

Mr Brennan said he expected the clubs “would contribute something” towards the project.

In a report to the council, the existing facilities, built in the 1960s, are described as not fit for purpose and not meeting the current day standards for access and inclusion , along with female usage.

The proposed new pavilion will include four unisex changerooms, umpire rooms, a first aid room, storage facilities, toilets, a kitchen, kiosk and a small function room.

The project is a part of the council’s 2020-21 budget.

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