|THE State Government has hit a home run for Baseball WA's plans
to build a $4.1 million home at Tom Bateman Reserve in Canning Vale.
Sport and Recreation Minister Alan Carpenter last Friday announced a
$1.5 million funding package to establish a world-class baseball facility. Baseball W A will contribute the remaining $2.6 million.
Construction is planned to start next year and WIll take five years.
The facility will be based on about half of the 35ha site at Tom Bateman Reserve and will comprise:
- .A major intemational-standard floodlit diamond playing area and five
other playing fields
- Administration building to include catering, change rooms, a medical
room, media booth and gym facilities
- Ten-level baseline seating ter- races for 300 people
Baseball WA's State team, the Western Heelers, and the
Gosnells Baseball Club will be based at the facility. It is expected to attract national and
"This project Will finally give baseball an official headquarters for
club, national and international fixtures", Mr Carpenter said.
"The new venue will see the intro- duction of a new Country Week competition. In rural Western
Australia, there are strong competitions in Port Hedland and Geraldton, where the Batavia Blue regularly come
to Perth for the minor league competition.
"Our State Sports Facilities Plan clearly identified the need for
partnerships between the State Government, local government and State sporting associations and
this project at Tom Bateman Reserve is an outstanding example of this being put into practice."
Baseball W A has been looking for a new home since Parry Field closed about five years ago. The position of Tom Bateman Reserve, in relation to major
transport routes, and the quality of the site impressed Baseball W A officials.
Negotiations for a lease agreement
with the City of Gosnells began in August, when the council agreed to support the proposal and to lobby the State Government for funding.
Gosnells Mayor Pat Morris said the facility would give the south-east
metropolitan region a sporting focus.
"It will allow our up-and-corning young baseball players
an opportunity to use a world-class facility," she said.
"Both State and international events will come to our city as a result of the new complex. "It will provide both a unique entertainment
option for our
residents and an opportunity for visitors to see some of the great things that
we have to offer."
Gosnells Council has spent about $2.5 million developing Tom
Bateman Reserve to its existing standard.