THERE’S love all round for Bayswater’s Street Roller Hockey League, with the Liberal and Labor candidates for Perth pledging $20,000 for a sound wall.
Bound by state noise laws, Bayswater council was left in a tough spot and shut the hockey down after one neighbour complained, despite acknowledging the league’s role in reviving the local recreation club.
The league isn’t allowed to restart until sound mitigation measures have been installed, but the youngsters have already poured so much cash in to setting up the grounds it was starting to look out of reach.
Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn dropped by after the shut-down and called the league ”a fantastic example of a grassroots community organisation”.
Labor’s Tim Hammond matched him almost immediately.
“I’ve now spoken to Eamonn Lourey, the president of the Roller Hockey Club, and Steve Lay, the president of the bowling club. I’ve told them both that if a Shorten Labor government is elected, we will honour that commitment and contribute the equivalent sum towards noise amelioration measures.”
Chatter among club members online sounds roundly stoked, though one player asked his online buddies “does this mean if Liberals win the seat and Labor wins the election we get 40 grand?”
The bookies are betting against both those things happening.
Mr Quinn’s also thrown a little love Bayswater Tennis Club’s way, announcing a Turnbull government would provide $750,000 for a much-needed upgrade of its decrepit facilities.
He also pledged $150,000 for the Bayswater City Soccer Club which operates at the same site on Frank Drago Reserve. The club now takes part in televised games at the FFA level and needs a boost to its media broadcast facilities along with change rooms and safety gear.
by DAVID BELL