A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $4 million in a new purpose-built facility for surfing in Western Australia, to cater for increasing participation demands and allow for future growth.
Then Liberal Candidate for Stirling, Vince Connelly, met with representatives from Surfing WA to discuss the funding commitment, which will allow the organisation to move from its existing headquarters at Trigg Beach to a new state-of-the-art facility at South Trigg.
The $4 million proposal will offer more workspace and increased storage, as well as:
• Practical and theoretical high-performance training areas
• Private change rooms for surfing students
• Locker rooms for staff and students
• On-site vehicle storage with access to the car park
• An event storage space
The plans will also allow for future expansion.
Mr Connelly today welcomed the funding commitment and said he’s proud to ensure WA’s home of surfing remains in his local area.
“As a keen surfer myself I know how much this major investment in facilities will enrich our local community, and continue to make Stirling the go-to surf destination in Perth,” Mr Connelly said.
“The organisation deserves a dedicated, purpose-built facility to reflect its value to our coastal community, water education, and the contribution it makes to WA’s tourism sector and beach safety.”
Surfing WA has been based at Trigg Beach since 1995, when the organisation altered the existing headquarters from its former use as a kiosk.
“On behalf of all West Australian surfers, we would like to recognise the contribution to the area by outgoing Minister Michael Keenan and the new Liberal candidate Vince Connelly,” said Surfing WA Chair Mike Best.
“Surfing WA began planning for new headquarters back in 2014 and we’re confident the Liberal Party’s announcement will create a groundswell of support for surfing right across WA.”
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the new headquarters will ensure Surfing WA can continue to attract and inspire thousands of Western Australians to take up surfing into the future.
“Surfing WA deserves a dedicated home base which does justice to the popularity of surfing here in Western Australia,” Senator Reynolds said.
“This new headquarters will not only boost the ability to attract local competitions but will also provide a community sporting hub for Trigg and surrounding coastal suburbs.”
Surfing WA is the governing body of all board-riding codes across Western Australia including surfing, long-boarding, body-boarding and stand up paddle-boarding.
It has 31 board-riding clubs, runs 4 international surfing events and trains more than 65,000 people every year.
Only the Morrison Government can keep the Australian economy strong, balance the budget, and continue to invest in important local sporting infrastructure.