Thursday, April 25, 2024

New innings for iconic WACA

Work has commenced on the long-awaited upgrades to Perth’s iconic Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.

Premier Mark McGowan said the WACA Ground Improvement Project was part of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, to help ensure the long-term prosperity and liveability of Perth and drive the city’s economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Local company Brajkovich Construction has been awarded the contract for early works, which will start with lengthening the WACA Ground oval to enable WAFL and other sports to return in mid-2022.

“Many Western Australians have fond memories of visiting the WACA, with so many iconic sporting moments at international and domestic level taking place over the decades at our home of cricket,” Premier McGowan said.

“These upgrades are the result of the strong collaboration between the Federal and State Governments and the WACA – and will breathe new life into the facility, encourage more people to visit, return vibrancy to this part of the city, and support local jobs.”

The works include the demolition of the Inverarity Stand, with the 50-year-old structure no longer fit for purpose and in need of rejuvenation.

When demolition of the neighbouring Prindiville Stand is completed in 2022, construction will begin on creating a sustainable community and sporting hub, with cricket at its heart.

Brajkovich Construction has previous experience working with the WACA, having been commissioned to demolish the Farley Stand in 2002.

The accessible and inclusive design celebrates Western Australia’s local indigenous culture and reflects the proud sporting history of the WACA Ground.

The project team is also working hard to ensure works do not interrupt this season’s international and domestic cricket fixtures.

The Ground Improvement Project is anticipated to take around 18 months.

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