08/01/2021 - 15:33

State Football Centre a step closer

08/01/2021 - 15:33

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Development approval sought for the $32.5 million State Football Centre set to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray.

The $32.5 million State Football Centre being built to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is another step closer after the development application was lodged for approval.

Queens Park will house the new facility, which will feature two full-size elite pitches, three smaller pitches, a two-storey building with change rooms, training facilities, a sports medicine centre and a kiosk as well as a meeting room space for Football West administration.

One of the five pitches will have tiered seating for about 700 spectators.

Premier Mark McGowan announced plans for the new facility in June last year, which has been jointly funded by both the state and federal government.

The City of Canning has been undertaking extensive consultation with stakeholders and more than 1000 surrounding residents since Australia won the bid to host the international competition.

Its development application for the project has now been lodged with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s new State Development Assessment Unit, a body the state government established to streamline the approvals process, expedite projects and aid in the state’s COVID-19 recovery, and has now been released for public comment.

The construction of the facility is expected to provide a significant economic benefit to the state, creating more than 150 jobs over the next two years.

Once operational, the centre is expected to employ 10 full-time staff.

The proposal is one of 10 currently sitting with the assessment unit, with a decision expected to be made in the coming months.

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