Minister for Infrastructure Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King today joined with Member for Burt Matt Keogh to visit the Southern Districts Netball Association in Langford, in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.
The Australian Government will contribute $5 million towards the redevelopment of the centre, a $12.5 million project to build a new indoor facility featuring four courts and associated amenities.
The project will provide accessible facilities designed for a range of age groups by delivering targeted programs that enhance physical mobility, strengthen community connection and have an overall positive impact on health outcomes.
The centre will also become a permanent home for the Southern Districts Netball Association, a district-level organisation that has produced state and national representatives.
Having this home base will increase the association’s capacity to meet the demand for local competition, while reducing the economic burden associated with having to travel elsewhere to meet their needs.
The City of Gosnells has estimated up to 26 full-time jobs will be created during construction, with the capacity to generate further employment for the life of the facility through community programs.
This project is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Priority Community Infrastructure Program, the Western Australian State Labor Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation facilities fund grant and the City of Gosnells.
It is expected to be completed in 2025.
Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“The Langford Indoor Sports Centre has been designed to ensure it meets the needs of the community, catering for a range of popular sports within the area.
“It is also expected to create significant employment opportunities during construction, acting as a capacity-builder for the region and underpinning potential population growth.
“This project is a demonstration of our Government’s ongoing commitment to providing new and improved infrastructure that bolsters social inclusion and encourages communities to thrive, both economically and socially.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Burt Matt Keogh:
“This new indoor facility will be an absolute game changer for elite sport in our community, particularly the athletes from the Southern Districts Netball Association.
“For too long, talented athletes from our south-east have been missing out, forced to travel huge distances to compete at the elite level. This new facility will enable elite competition, right here in our backyard.
“This indoor facility, coupled with the sporting success of Aussie heroes like the Diamonds and Matildas, will inspire the next generation of elite athletes to reach for the pinnacle of sporting success.
Quotes attributable to Member for Southern River, Terry Healy:
"Sport and recreation plays a huge role in the physical and mental health of our communities and should be a part of every person's life regardless of where they live.
“This Langford Indoor Sports Centre project means more local playing and training facilities for all families in the South East corridor.”
Quotes attributable to City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes:
“The City of Gosnells is very excited to be moving to the design phase of this important project for the community.
“This facility will provide a clearer pathway from beginner’s sport to elite sport in the region, allowing more people to pursue the sport they love year round.
“Sports facilities such as the Langford Indoor Sports Centre are essential infrastructure for any community because they bring people together, making our community stronger and more active.”