Bunbury MLA Don Punch calls for changes to Hands Oval

On the field: Bunbury MLA Don Punch has put forward his ideas regarding potential changes to Hands Oval. Photo: Thomas Munday.
On the field: Bunbury MLA Don Punch has put forward his ideas regarding potential changes to Hands Oval. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch has thrown his support behind any potential changes to Hands Oval. 

“Hands Oval is a vital piece of sporting infrastructure in Bunbury. It is important that it is of a standard that meets the expectations of our community," he said. 

Mr Punch's comments follow the story from last week's Bunbury Mail, which highlighted the need for the facility to be updated and redeveloped.

“It is not appropriate that our premier football venue is unable to properly accommodate the needs of women’s teams, for example, so it's important we have facilities that meet the contemporary needs of our community," Mr Punch said. 

“Major redevelopments of significant infrastructure provide the opportunity to make sure we are able to meet the current and emerging needs of the public.  

“I have supported the proposal to redevelop the facility and will continue to do so."

Mr Punch said men's teams, women's teams, league personnel, and spectators should all be taken into consideration. 

“Any redevelopment will seek significant public investment, and as such I think it is essential the community receives value for money. That means ensuring the broadest access to the facilities of Hands Oval possible," he said. 

"I expect Hands Oval will need to be able to accommodate significantly increased usage into the future.

"Sport makes an enormous contribution to our community, and it is important we have facilities that are reflective of the value of that contribution.”

In 2016, Mr Punch called upon the former Liberal-National Government to provide immediate funding assistance to Hands Oval.

He said major changes were required to improve the grandstand, public toilets, catering and changeroom facilities.

However, the project was not within Mr Punch's 2017 election commitments. He did not make any indication the Labor Government would be providing funding any time soon.

Hands Oval will host the women's pre-season carnival on March 30, prior to round one of the 2019 South West Football League season in April. 

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