South Mandurah secures final funding needed to begin work on new change rooms

Former South Mandurah president Darren Dews, Canning MP Andrew Hastie, Ryza Homes' Ryan Glossop, reserves coach Jason Mitchell and current club president Greg Barnard. Photo: Justin Rake.
Former South Mandurah president Darren Dews, Canning MP Andrew Hastie, Ryza Homes' Ryan Glossop, reserves coach Jason Mitchell and current club president Greg Barnard. Photo: Justin Rake.

The South Mandurah Football and Netball Club will kick off construction of their new change rooms within a month’s time after securing the final piece of funding needed to go ahead with the project last week.

The club was given the green light thanks to a $30,000 grant coming from the second $30 million round of the Morrison government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program, with building works set to start under Ryza Homes in early March.

The project will see a brand new unisex change rooms facility erected next to the existing club rooms, culminating more than 10 years of planning for the club.

Former South Mandurah president Darren Dews kick started the project before stepping away from the top role at the end of last footy season, with new president Greg Barnard heaping praise on his predecessor’s efforts to secure funding for the build.

“Darren worked tirelessly to lock down these funds for the club so all thanks has to go to him,” Barnard said.

“This building is going to be a huge relief and a huge help to our club – it’s a public amenity that will be a big upgrade for the base at Falcon Oval.

“It’s a huge sense of achievement for our committee and past committee members as well. They’ve all worked hard on this so to see it come to fruition is going to be great.”

Canning MP Andrew Hastie, who helped the club secure the federal government grant, praised South Mandurah for their own fundraising efforts during the planning phase.

“As a government we want to invest in clubs that are sustainable, clubs that we know are going to provide plenty for our community,” he said.

“The fact that South Mandurah raised so much money for this project off their own back is a fair indicator of how hard they work, so we know this grant is getting put to great use.”

The Falcons hope to be finished with construction of their new change rooms in the coming months.