A West Coast Eagles museum, community hub and café will be central parts of the planned $60 million redevelopment of Lathlain Park.
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett and Town of Victoria Park mayor Trevor Vaughan this morning signed a long-term lease agreement that will allow a portion of the Lathlain site to be transformed into a new base for West Coast.
The lease runs for 50 years, with the Eagles then having the option to renew for a further 49 years.
The redevelopment will include the creation of two football ovals, a synthetic running track, indoor and outdoor training facilities for the Eagles, a new home for the Wirrpanda Foundation and barbecue areas, playgrounds and walk trails.
Vaughan said ratepayers in the Town of Victoria Park would not be footing any of the bill for the major redevelopment.
“The whole $60 million is coming from West Coast,” he said.
West Coast have already received a $4.5 million commitment from the AFL towards the project and have $22 million in club funds to put towards the project.
The club are in discussions with Federal and State governments about covering the remaining $33 million shortfall.
“It’s the biggest investment by any football club into the development of facilities and community facilities,” Nisbett said.
“Hopefully the signing of the lease is the start, that we can now convince both State and Federal Government that this is a great plan.”