Work is well underway on the WACA Ground Improvement Project in Perth, Western Australia.
Major works are scheduled to commence in February this year, with a gradual clearing of the north end of the WACA Ground and the demolition of the Prindiville Stand.
This follows on from the demolition in December last year of the iconic Inverarity Stand which is making way for the future aquatic centre.
The demolition took eight weeks to plan and one week to complete.
The stand will be relocated to a new pavilion, as part of the upgrades, preserving an important part of Western Australian cricketing history.
Constructed in 1970 for the very first men's test match played in Perth, it was originally called the Test Stand before being renamed in 1985 after former WA cricket captain John Inverarity.
Early works commenced in August last year at the WACA with the oval lengthening.
The WACA Ground Improvement Project (WGIP) is anticipated to create 120 jobs in the construction phase and 250 ongoing jobs when operational.
The WGIP is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Western Australian Government, City of Perth, Western Australian Cricket Association and Cricket Australia.
The project is a key part of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, a joint agreement between the three levels of government.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said:
The WACA is an iconic venue and tourism drawcard, which is why the Morrison Government has committed $30 million to its revitalisation through the Perth City Deal - a collaboration between all three levels of government to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of the city.
Western Australian Minister for Transport, Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, said:
I'm sure lots of West Aussies have fond memories of visiting the WACA Ground and seeing the Inverarity Stand in full swing. While we need to move this piece of history, it will be preserved in a nearby pavilion and we will be delivering a top quality aquatic centre that the whole community can enjoy.
Western Australian Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon Tony Buti MLA, said:
This eastern part of our city has always been a place of immense opportunity - this work will allow the WACA to join other attractions like our riverside paths, parks and stadium that will make this area a remarkable sport and recreation precinct.
Not only will the WACA continue to be a destination for cricket and other sports, but as a facility for the wider community that can be enjoyed year round.
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