Sporting clubs to have a new home

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre manager David Marshall, Alcoa Community Relations manager Tom Busher, Harvey Shire President Tania Jackson, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Federal MP Nola Marino at the official turning of the sod for the Harvey Community and Sporting Facility.
Camera IconHarvey Recreation and Cultural Centre manager David Marshall, Alcoa Community Relations manager Tom Busher, Harvey Shire President Tania Jackson, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Federal MP Nola Marino at the official turning of the sod for the Harvey Community and Sporting Facility. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

On Monday last week a group gathered at the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre to celebrate the hard-fought and long-awaited project which will now give many of Harvey’s sporting clubs a home.

The $2.1 million project has been nearly 12 years in the making with planning for the pavilion starting in September 2007.

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson opened the turning of the sod event by commenting on the commitment of the community.

“There has been a lot of back and forth regarding this project, but the tenacity of the board of management to actually bring it together is remarkable.

“The building we are standing inside has grown over time and there has been various uses for it,” Ms Jackson said.

Funding for the project saw the community come together to secure donations wherever it could.

While the State Government’s Building Better Regions Fund contributed $626,000, generous donations were also received from WA Department of Sport and Recreation and the South West Development Commission.

Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre manager David Marshall commended the centre management committee.

“The committee stuck to their guns and made it clear that they were representing the community on this project and whatever hurdle came along was just an opportunity for them to find a way through,” Mr Marshall said.

He said the project was important for the community as it will bring all sporting clubs together.

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