Football West News
The project has been driven by the City of Melville and Murdoch University.
Melville City will be host football club at the South Street sports campus where a multipurpose synthetic playing field with floodlighting will be installed.
Confirmation of the WA Government’s $1 million commitment through its Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund comes just days after Melville President Dave Kindness confirmed the club had capped player numbers for the first time.
Melville, which is based at Len Shearer Reserve, utilises several recreational areas but has been unable to cope with demand. It has restricted membership to around 1400 players.
Kindness said the new facility at Murdoch University was fantastic for the club.
“It’s been hard work trying to get to this stage and the hard work will continue,” he said. “It’s the most important decision the club has made in its 47-year history and it will take the club to a new level.”
He said having access to the new facility would allow the club, which would retain use of Len Shearer Reserve, to continue to grow beyond its current capacity
“We could’ve had 1600 or 1700 players this year but we’ve had to close the doors,” he said.
“We don’t like to turn away kids but we had no choice.”