Liberal Leader Zak Kirkup and Shadow Minister for Regional Development Dr Steve Thomas joined Liberal candidate for Murray-Wellington Michelle Boylan in Pinjarra today to announce a $1.4 million commitment to build a new sports pavilion at Sir Ross McLarty Oval as part of a comprehensive Royalties for Regions plan.

“Our commitment to spend $1.4 million on this project goes to the very heart of what our Royalties for Regions plan is about,” Mr Kirkup said.

“It is about connecting communities and providing them with the facilities they deserve.

“Sport plays such a pivotal role in our regions. At a time when screens are playing a bigger part in our lives, we should be smarter and encourage kids and their families to be involved in sport. This precinct is home to the Pinjarra cricket, football, junior football, netball and bowling clubs, so it has a vital role in keeping the local community fit and healthy and, most importantly, together.

“WA’s success comes from our regions, not St Georges Terrace. WA’s regions are the engine room of our state and a key part of our plan for a safer and smarter today so we can all enjoy a better and brighter tomorrow.” 

Dr Thomas said the Liberals’ Royalties for Regions plan would guarantee its future. 

“We are guaranteeing the future of Royalties for Regions by improving its financial accountability and investing in job creation, economic diversity and liveability in all regions  across the state,” Dr Thomas said.

“The Peel region has traditionally fared poorly out of the Royalties for Regions fund, so the Liberals are delighted to be investing in this important regional area.

“Labor are stealing nearly 70 per cent of the money from the fund and diverting it back to the metropolitan area. Only the Liberals are re-investing money in Royalties for Regions.”

Mrs Boylan said the Liberals’ $1.4 million commitment for a new sports pavilion had significant benefits to the Pinjarra community.

“This funding will provide critical amenities for users of Sir Ross McLarty Oval, including change rooms for players and umpires, public toilets, a kiosk and a large undercover area for sports clubs, school and community use,” Mrs Boylan said.

“The local cricket club will use the pavilion in the summer and the football and netball clubs will use it in the winter.  

“It also means cricket and junior football will be able to host regional carnivals and finals series.

“This means greater use of the oval, a new kiosk to help local sports clubs improve their bottom line, a boost to local sports participation and more opportunities for local kids to get into the sport of their choice. 

“The community will also be able to use this pavilion and the Shire of Murray aim to attract new users such as dog trainers, outdoor fitness classes, park runs and park yoga.” 

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