WEST Perth’s gym and player auditorium at Arena Joondalup is the first major construction the WA Football League club has undertaken at its home ground in 18 years.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier, a West Perth fan, officially opened the PB Hanna Complex in honour of former club president Phil Hanna.
“This building has been three years in the making and we (the West Perth board) are mighty proud that we have been able to deliver this significant project in full on time and on budget.” President Brett Raponi said.
“Without Phil Hanna’s vast building experience and passion for the Falcons this project simply would not have been constructed as efficiently as it has.”
Mr Raponi said the facility was seen as critical to the further development of Australian Rules at the club and in its district.
It would be used by 120 West Perth footballers, 200 WP rookie and development squad representatives, nine junior clubs (with 4500 participants).
It would also host training, coaching and district seminars and programs.
Mr Raponi thanked:
- Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman who raised the issue of West Perth’s facilities in Parliament.
- The State Government for $200,000 funding and the AFL for $200,000, along with support from the WA Football Commission and Arena Joondalup manager Venues West.
- Trades and suppliers, club chief executive Gerry O’Dea, board, coaches and players.
- Builder Phil Hanna and architect Simon Bodycoat.