WA Election 2021: Premier Mark McGowan in Geraldton to promise stadium revamp, erosion fix

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WA Premier Mark McGowan was persuaded to take a shot at goal with Patterson Andrews, 9, and Kayla Fehlauer, 11.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan was persuaded to take a shot at goal with Patterson Andrews, 9, and Kayla Fehlauer, 11. Credit: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

A $1.5 million stadium revamp to build new indoor basketball and netball courts and $3m to help fix ongoing erosion at Drummond Cove are among the suite of election promises Premier Mark McGowan came to Geraldton to unveil today.

With a “comprehensive package” labelled the Plan for Geraldton, Mr McGowan said a re-elected Labor Government would create jobs and training opportunities, support the local economy, and invest in vital services such as health and education.

The Premier praised strong advocacy from Labor candidate Lara Dalton and the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association, saying they had made a “brilliant case” for expanding Activewest Stadium, prompting a Labor vow to commit $1.5m for four new indoor sports courts at the Eighth Street facility. It’s understood the total cost of the project is just over $2m.

“The project will deliver considerable benefits for the people of Geraldton, in line with mine and WA Labor’s commitment to fostering stronger, healthier and more connected communities with the help of grassroots sport,” Mr McGowan said.

On the issue of tackling erosion at Drummond Cove, Mr McGowan said the $3m project would also include a “protected recreation area” for families and a new boat launching facility.

Erosion on Drummond Cove foreshore, in 2018.
Camera IconErosion on Drummond Cove foreshore, in 2018. Credit: Adam Poulsen/The Geraldton Guardian, Adam Poulsen

New science, technology, engineering and maths buildings are to be built at Champion Bay and Geraldton Senior High schools as part of Labor’s package.

The Premier also promised stage 2 upgrades to the Geraldton Hospital, including planning for the co-location of the St John of God private hospital on the site.

Other commitments include widening the road at the intersection of Brand Highway and West Bank Road in Greenough to accommodate a right-turn pocket, and a project to create new cycleways and connect existing bike routes.

The Plan for Geraldton also includes a raft of existing projects the Government has already announced, many of which are under way.

One of these is the Step Up, Step Down facility, which will be available from March for mental health patients not needing hospitalisation.

Peter Brown with sons Wesley, 9, and Noah, 10, with the dilapidated outside courts.
Camera IconPeter Brown with sons Wesley, 9, and Noah, 10, with the dilapidated outside courts. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian, Reuben Carder

The Premier and WA Health Minister Roger Cook opened the Geraldton facility in Larkin Street, Wonthella yesterday.

Mr Cook said the facility would provide 24/7 residential support and individualised care, allowing people to progress their recovery close to home, community and individual support networks.

“The new Geraldton Step Up, Step Down facility will be complemented by expanded mental health facilities as part of the $73.3 million redevelopment of Geraldton Hospital,” he said.

“The redevelopment will include a new integrated mental health service, including acute psychiatric unit, and a mental health short stay unit.”

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