Then Liberal candidate for Stirling Vince Connelly announced during the election that he is going in to bat for baseball players and fans, announcing a re-elected Morrison Government will invest in facility upgrades in Carine.
Mr Connelly today met with representatives from the Carine Cats Ball Club to confirm a funding commitment of $300,000 for the City of Stirling to construct a purpose-built, double-storey headquarters for the base-ball, tee-ball and softball club.
The Carine Cats has been based at Carine Open Space since 1996 and is operating out of a storage shed, modified to incorporate a small canteen.
There are no shower or change-room facilities.
Mr Connelly said the growing club deserves a worthy place to call home.
“It’s clear the Carine Cats has far outgrown its current facilities and is in desperate need of clubrooms that cater to the needs of its members, players and the wider community,” Mr Connelly said.
“These upgrades are critical to support the club’s growth and ensure it continues to offer its young players every opportunity to shine at the sport they love.”
In addition to clubroom upgrades, the funding will also be used to:
• Realign the base-ball Diamond
• New lighting in the batting cages and field
• Install sheltered seating for scorers
• Install a “Pitching Ballpen” warm-up/training area
• Construct new change-rooms
The Carine Cats Ball Club was established in 1979 and is the largest base-ball and tee-ball club in Western Australia.
Carine Cats Chairman, Damien Browne, has thanked Vince Connelly for his commitment to the organisation.
“The Carine Cats are very grateful for the support and contribution shown to us by Vince Connelly, the Federal Liberal Candidate for Stirling.
“Vince has shown a keen interest in helping our club provide better service and facilities to our members and budding young players."
“The funding pledged, will go towards replacing our current 30 year old building with new changerooms, canteen and clubrooms for the Carine Cats Ball Club to proudly call home for many years to come.”
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said investing in sporting infrastructure is vital to building stronger communities.
“Sporting facilities inspire physical activity and health, but also build community spirit and pride,” Senator Reynolds said.
“I am delighted the Morrison Government has announced this much needed funding which will not only benefit the Carine Cats Ball Club, but also boost local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.”
It is only through the Morrison Government’s strong economic management and balancing the budget that this vital investment in local infrastructure can be made.
The club caters for more than 1,000 families and age groups ranging from six to 60, at all levels of ability.
More than 600 children play at Carine Open Space every Saturday, in the Cats’ tee-ball teams alone.
The club has 14 Junior base-ball teams and six Senior base-ball teams, including a State League Division 1 Team, playing every Saturday and Sunday.
Last month, the club received a $17,500 grant through the Community Sport Infrastructure Program to install new spectator seating.