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FFSA announce major Federal funding
More people will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of sport and recreation at Adelaide’s West Beach Recreation Reserve after Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas announced a $1 million injection of funds for more playing fields and improved facilities.
Steve Georganas said the funding of $1 million to the $2.2 million project will provide two new fully-lit pitches – one synthetic, one grass - a new multipurpose grass playing field, new change rooms, kiosk and spectator seating.
“The funding announced today will allow for further investment in what is already an excellent and well-used facility that currently has 16 hectares of playing fields,” Steve Georganas said.
“This project will provide new facilities for players and spectators alike, as well as improving safety at the precinct and increasing car parking.
“Importantly, this project is a partnership with the State Government, the West Beach Trust, and Football Federation of South Australia; it leverages various funding sources to achieve a great result.
Adelaide Shores CEO Kate Williams said that she was delighted Steve Georganas was able to secure the funding to enable the project to proceed.
“This will further enhance Adelaide Shores’ status as an iconic sport and recreation facility in our State” she said.
“This project reinforces Adelaide Shores’ commitment to providing vital community assets, which are inclusive and provide the opportunity for people in the western suburbs, and for all South Australians, to be more active and participate in sport.”
Football Federation SA CEO Michael Carter congratulated the efforts of Steve Georganas, who he said had been a great ambassador for the project.
“The expansion of football pitches at Adelaide Shores is a fantastic result for football in South Australia. Adelaide Shores is in a prime location and we are delighted to have an annual presence at a venue with multiple playing fields.
“Funding received will complete stage 1 of the project at Adelaide Shores. I would like to acknowledge and thank Adelaide Shores and, in particular, CEO Kate Williams for a significant contribution and commitment to football in this State.”
Steve Georganas said that the announcement was part of an overall master plan which would develop the site more broadly.
“It will greatly enhance the attractiveness and usability of the recreation reserve at West Beach and the large scale tourism and recreation precinct of Adelaide Shores” he said.
“The benefits of sport and recreation are well documented and the Australian Government is working in partnership to help create this facility that will help make this area a healthy lifestyle community hub.
“Our partnership with the world game through these new facilities will ensure that it continues to grow in South Australia, whilst also providing great benefits economically, environmentally and socially for the Adelaide community.”
Steve Georganas said the project would enhance the western suburbs of Adelaide by providing more open space to the community and visitors, and would encourage more participation in sports.
“Those already playing sport will have more opportunities, and the expanded, modern facilities will attract more to the great variety of sports offered here,” Steve Georganas said.
“It will encourage a more active, healthy community – and it will provide more disability friendly sports surfaces and ancillary facilities.
“By investing $1 million, the Australian Government is also helping the local economy by attracting new events to Adelaide Shores, with such events as under-age national championships, master’s games, and university games already targeted.”
“I am absolutely delighted to have been able to secure this substantial grant for the benefit of people living in the western suburbs and beyond and would like to thank Adelaide Shores and the Football Federation of South Australia for their dedication and hard work to make this project come to fruition”.
Steve Georganas: Hannah Frank 0419 849 048
Kate Williams Adelaide Shores: Julia Smithson 8355 7300
Michael Carter Football Federation SA: Lee Gagliardi 8340 3088 / 0421 905 037