THE pre-election funding pledges are bombarding schools, sports clubs and community groups in a last ditch effort to win votes, with the major parties making it rain with promises.
Cash for Mt Lawley society
Mt Lawley Labor candidate Simon Millman has pledged $10,000 to the Mount Lawley Society to help them archive historical documents and plans.
The group fights for preservation of old buildings in the area but currently occupies a 3sqm basement below a commercial kitchen, with drainage pipes running through it.
Society president Paul Collins says “the commitment was unsolicited and came about after Simon Millman… attended our 2016 AGM and heard of the society’s archival and storage woes.”
Because the digs are in such dire states, Mr Collins says “our records are at risk and certainly aren’t available for members to view”.
Stirling council is helping the MLS find a more suitable home and Mr Collins says the Labor pledge will help them pay for new equipment: “Our scanner for digitising our archival is outdated and we lack computers and printers, instead using members’ machines”.
The Liberal party is promising an extra $500,000 for a North Perth undercover play area if reelected.
Perth Liberal MP Eleni Evangel has been lobbying the party for the cash, saying the school desperately needs the undercover area before winter.
She says the school population’s getting so big that not everyone fits in the current assembly area and in recent rainy seasons families have had to watch their kids get awards while standing in the rain.
Pledge for girls’ football
With the launch of women’s AFL getting a huge response and bumper crowds, Mt Lawley Liberal MP Michael Sutherland has pledged $75,000 to help develop girls football if the Blues win the election.
The Coolbinia Bombers will benefit, having been granted a 2017 female football licence, which will let them field girls teams from year 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 this year (and younger girls can play in their AusKick program).
They’ve had a headstart on the girls’ footy phenomenon, with previous president Keith Hennecker starting the district’s first program back in 2006 and their “Bomberettes” expanding every year since.
Registration’s open now at bombersjfc.asn.au/registrations-and-fees/
Maylands Labor MP Lisa Baker has cash promises for NGOs and volunteer organisations in her electorate, with $85,000 to be dolled out among Environment House, the Filipino Australian Club of Perth (based in Bedford, they need cash for a dance floor), Bayswater SES and the Maylands Peninsula Association, which needs a boost to get into the digital age.
Under Labor, local precinct groups Inglewood on Beaufort Inc and the Baysie Rollers will each get $40,000 to keep activating their areas, and there’ll finally be cash for a local loo in the Maylands town centre, alleviating all the problems and accidents that entails.
on the hustings
by DAVID BELL