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Carine Cats new clubroom contract awarded

20 June 2022

The Carine Cats Clubrooms will soon be replaced with a more modern and fit-for-purpose facility after the City recently awarded the contract for design and construction to Geared Constructions.

The Carine Cats Ball Club, a collective umbrella for the sports of tee-ball, baseball and softball, has used the existing facility in the northwestern corner of Carine Regional Open Space – and commonly referred to as the ‘Whitehouse’ – since 1996.

The existing kiosk and storage room will be demolished and replaced with a new clubroom to be used by the Carine Cats Ball Club. The club has outgrown the current space due to significant increases in membership along with the need to provide more contemporary and functional amenities for players and umpires.

The significant upgrade will be jointly funded by the City of Stirling and the Federal Government, after the club was successful in securing $300,000 from then-Stirling MP Vince Connelly in 2019 as an election commitment. The City has been working with the club to develop the concept to this point.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the project would deliver a well-overdue new facility suitable for the next decade of growth in the club.

“The Carine Cats Ball Club has been an important part of the local community in Carine for 40 years, and its recent successes and increases in membership have created the need for an expansion of their site to accommodate new participants in local sport,” he said.

“The original proposal in 2019 was for a minor refurbishment of the existing facilities, however through discussions with the club and after their successful advocacy for an additional $300,000 in funding, the scope of works grew to include a new facility with increased storage.

“The new facility will include a social space, storage, kiosk facilities, new changerooms and toilet facilities, and we expect practical completion in 2023. We are particularly excited that the works will also include better facilities for female players and umpires as a key deliverable under the grant.”

The City continues to review and adjust its approach to capital works to provide the best value for ratepayers in the face of inflated construction costs.

Carine Cats Baseball Chairperson Dean Tierney said the announcement was a game changer for the Carine Cats.

“We recently celebrated 40 years of baseball at Carine and this new facility will allow us to remain at the forefront of developing junior baseball and providing pathways for both men and women in WA’s State, Community and Women’s Baseball Leagues,” he said.

“We are grateful for the effort and support of the City of Stirling to help us reach this important milestone.”

The total project cost is $940,382 with works expected to commence in July 2022.

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