Liberals back Tigerland revamp in $2.7m Albany sports pledge

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Liberal Albany candidate Scott Leary, third from left, with Railways' Kris Cramer, Max Sims and Andrew Want, and Albany tennis representatives Jenny Rickerby and Les Bairstow.
Camera IconLiberal Albany candidate Scott Leary, third from left, with Railways' Kris Cramer, Max Sims and Andrew Want, and Albany tennis representatives Jenny Rickerby and Les Bairstow. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Railways Football and Sporting Club could receive $800,000 from the WA Liberals to modernise their 75-year-old base in Centennial Park.

The $800,000 pledge was announced yesterday by Albany Liberal candidate Scott Leary as part of a $2.7 million sports funding package to be delivered if the Liberal Party is elected in March.

Royalties for Regions funding would also be used to contribute $1 million towards the City of Albany’s $4.8 million vision for a 16-court community tennis centre in Centennial Park.

Last week, the Nationals WA also pledged $1 million towards the tennis facility.

The Liberals would also put $900,000 towards the development of mountain bike trails at Poikeclerup.

That announcement follows the McGowan Government’s $3.2 million pledge towards mixed trails at Mt Clarence and Mt Adelaide, and $150,000 for a mountain bike shed at Poikeclerup.

Now in its 75th year, Railways Football and Sporting Club is eager to fund a $2.1 million “shovel-ready” expansion vision set to modernise Tigerland.

Disability access, female change rooms, training facilities, a modern bar and function area will be constructed in three stages once funding is secured.

Mr Leary said growing local sporting clubs would give Albany a “point of difference” to attract new tourists and grow the population.

“I’ve been speaking to people who have actually moved away from Albany because we don’t have any mountain biking infrastructure in place,” he said.

He said Railways Football and Sporting Club needed an upgrade. “Their vision for inclusion for women’s sport as well as a club environment was well worthy of support,” he said.

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