Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

First stage of Sounness Park upgrade opens

Media Release

WT136/2015

09 May 2015

Joint release with:

Terry Waldron

WA Member for Wagin

Rick Wilson

Member for O'Connor

Mount Barker is celebrating the evolution of new community sports facilities today, with the official opening of stage one of the Sounness Park Community Recreation Development project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has committed more than $1 million to the overall project, which will be completed in three stages.

“Once completed, this project will be a sporting drawcard for the local region, providing an economic boost to Mount Barker,” Mr Truss said.

“Building better sporting facilities such as Souness Park is an important part of creating stronger and more vibrant regional communities and enhancing the lifestyle of people living outside major metropolitan centres.”

Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson attended the official opening and said the project involved three stages.

“I'm pleased to see the completion of stage one which has delivered a new clubroom and change rooms and the refurbishment of a combined soccer and football oval,” Mr Wilson said.

“More work is to come, with stages two and three involving the construction of a combined cricket and soccer oval, as well as a synthetic hockey oval with lighting to a state competition standard.”

Western Australian Member for Wagin Terry Waldron said the project will provide a high quality central sports zone which will bring nine sporting clubs together.

“Better competition and training facilities means more participation in sports by local residents and greater community collaboration and leadership,” Mr Waldron said.

Stages two and three are expected to be completed by September 2015.