The Railways Football and Sporting Club expansion and Mt Barker Memorial Swimming Pool redevelopment have been given a $1 million injection from the State Government. The two long-awaited projects received a cash splash on Friday in the latest round of the WA Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund. Railways secured $300,000 needed to begin the first $1.1m stage of its Centennial Park clubhouse expansion. With more than $315,000 cash and about $16,000 in-kind support secured from the City of Albany, plus about $370,000 raised by members, the 76-year-old club can now start works. Railways FSC president Andrew Want said the club hoped to finish the first stage in summer. “The Centennial Park precinct is amazing and for us to have a very functional, user friendly building here will be fantastic,” he said. “Hopefully by this time next year stage one is complete and we are looking at stage two.” Stage one will include improving disability access, a building expansion, a new roof and change room refurbishment including the addition of female change rooms. “We need to get into the next century and be a part of it,” he said. “We are really excited about what female sport has brought to the club and female cricket is the next step and to just have the facilities to be able to look after that part of our club is wonderful.” Mr Want said more funding would be needed for the second phase of the project featuring a revamped function space. The Shire of Plantagenet received $700,000 towards the redevelopment of the Mt Barker Memorial Swimming Pool. Shire president Chris Pavlovich said the grant would enable the Shire to forge ahead with the redevelopment and build a new children’s pool. “Without that we couldn’t proceed. It’s very expensive and without the help of the State and Federal governments we wouldn’t be able to pull this upgrade off,” he said. Mr Pavlovich said the Shire expected the next stage of the pool project to cost about $4m. Kojonup Bowling Club also received a funding boost with $127,971 to transform two seven-rink grass bowling greens into a 10-rink synthetic bowling green.