Watto chokes $7m from minister

By Grace Jones | posted on March 2, 2018

MEMBER for Albany Peter Watson has managed to wrestle the final $6.922 million needed to complete Stage 2 of the Centennial Park redevelopment out of Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray.

At Centennial Park on Tuesday Mr Murray said the last injection of money would allow the City of Albany to execute the overall vision for the park developed in 2015 and would be a major drawcard for Albany once completed.

“Peter has been very active in making sure everything happens,” he said.

Mr Murray said Mr Watson had been in constant contact asking when the final round of funding would be made available.

“It’s important for the Albany community and important for the kids of Albany to have a safe and well-built place to play sports,” he said.

With the projected finishing date of October 2019 and an approximate total cost of $42 million, Mr Watson said once completed, the facility would be “just about state-of-the-art” for regional areas.

“Mick pushed through the funding pretty quick,” the former Olympic runner said.

“Centennial Park is going to be an important social and sporting aspect to the Albany community.

“This will be the best sporting facility in the Great Southern, and it will provide players and spectators with everything they need to enjoy their chosen sport.”