The Fremantle Dockers multimillion-dollar training facility planned for Cockburn is under a cloud after the Federal Government insisted the project would have to be resubmitted for funding.
The news has reignited the City of Fremantle's campaign to convince the Dockers to remain in the port city.
The coalition said before the election they would scrap hundreds of projects under Labor's Regional Development Australia Fund that had not reached contract stage.
However, the City of Cockburn remained confident the $114 million facility proposed for Beeliar Drive would be guaranteed funding.
New Federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss confirmed yesterday that any non-contracted announcements made by the Labor government, including the $10 million pledged to the Cockburn facility, would have to be reassessed.
City of Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain said the council was yet to get advice from the Federal Government about the status of the grant and were forging ahead with the project.
"The City is continuing to develop this world-class project for our community in conjunction with the Fremantle Dockers Football Club," he said.
"Prior to lodging the application both the City and the FDFC ensured the project had strong bipartisan support."
Mr Cain would not say whether the council would look for funding elsewhere to make up for the shortfall or whether the project would be delayed because of the resubmission process.
The City of Cockburn has pledged $65 million towards the Cockburn Regional Aquatic and Recreation Community Centre, which will include elite training facilities, a football centre, swimming pools, indoor courts and running tracks.
The Dockers and the AFL committed $10 million to the project, with the rest of the funds expected to come from Federal and State government grants and Curtin University.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said he would meet Dockers officials this week to discuss the club's continued presence in their "heartland".
"Since the decision to move to Cockburn, the council has been in discussions with the club to ensure there is something in Fremantle for the fans," he said."I suspect this new funding issue will be discussed at the next meeting."