Two great local sports clubs were mentioned in the State Parliament today. Our local state member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor MP mentioned Heathmont Football Netball Club and Heathmont Cricket Club and the pavilion redevelopment. Check out the footage here:
Here is the full transcript
I am very lucky to have a number of amazing grassroots clubs across my community that make a huge difference in the lives of so many people by helping to provide a sense of community and being welcoming and social spaces for thousands of local people.
A couple of these great clubs are the Heathmont Jets football netball club and the Heathmont Cricket Club, primarily based at HE Parker Reserve in my electorate. The Heathmont Jets boast 650 members actively participating in their club, with three senior men’s teams, 10 junior boys clubs and both a senior and a junior women’s side.
The cricket club has 250 active playing members and consists of five senior sides and nine junior sides as well as one girl’s junior side, with hopes for another joining the junior program next year as well.
Respectively these clubs reach thousands of people in my local community and have a long history and tradition within Heathmont and wider areas.
These clubs are both so huge that they have outgrown their current facility and as such are nearing the final days of their current home, with a new one being built in its stead.
The new pavilion is vital for the growth of both of these fantastic clubs. The clubs, however, have been told they will be in charge of footing the bill for the internal fit-out of the pavilion, which is in the vicinity of $150 000 to $200 000. The clubs are hopeful of fundraising about $100 000, which is absolutely mind-blowing, but will still be left with a significant shortfall.
This is something I have told the club presidents I am keen to work with them on and will continue advocating for to ensure that they are not left out of pocket.
I commend all parties on delivering the much-needed pavilion, but now we need to make sure that both clubs have the facilities they need and deserve to welcome them on their return to the new pavilion.