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Residents urged to make their voices heard

Published on Wednesday 13 March, 2019

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Commonwealth Games silver medalist Caitlin Parker has joined forces with the City of Gosnells to campaign for more funds for sporting facilities in outer-metropolitan growth areas.

Ms Parker and Mayor Glenn Dewhurst have released a social media video urging local residents to join in the push for better funding, as part of the Growth Alliance Perth and Peel (GAPP) campaign, alongside other outer metropolitan local governments.

“Outer metropolitan areas like the City of Gosnells are growing so rapidly that the demand for infrastructure is well and truly out-pacing the ability of local governments to provide facilities,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“We were thrilled to hear Gosnells’ own champion boxer Caitlin Parker would support us in our campaign to provide the facilities our community deserves, and we hope it inspires many of our residents to get involved too.”

As part of the GAPP campaign, the City is seeking $30 million in Commonwealth Government funding to contribute to a major $119.6 million redevelopment of Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale.

It is the City’s largest active open space and already services more than three times the recommended catchment population. With the surrounding population expected to increase by 52 per cent by 2036, the park’s ageing facilities will not meet community requirements.

“If we can get more local people to be active, we will have a healthier, happier, better connected and stronger community,” Ms Parker said.

“But if we want to encourage more people to be active, then we need make sure that we have the right facilities, close to home.”

Community members can support the campaign by visiting https://www.gapp.org.au/ Click on ‘Support us’, fill in your details and leave your message about the need to redevelop Sutherlands Park.