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Burswood site makes sense to WACA
Burswood site makes sense to WACA

WACA chairman David Williams has endorsed Burswood as the site of the new sports stadium and claimed it would complement WA's cricket headquarters in a cross- river sporting precinct.

Williams was eager to stand apart from the political dispute that has seen Opposition Leader Mark McGowan say he would abandon the Burswood project and revert to a Patersons Stadium re-development, if elected.

But Williams said it made sense to create a sports precinct at the eastern end of the city.

Writing in the association's annual report to be sent to members this month, he confirmed that international cricket matches could be shifted to the stadium, but said he had secured guarantees from Cricket Australia to protect the WACA's interests.

And he made it clear that a 60,000-seat stadium within walking distance of the WACA was cricket's preferred option.

"We applaud the State Government for their choice of the Burswood site for the new stadium," Williams wrote.

"It will superbly complement a redeveloped WACA Ground and create a truly world-class sporting precinct in the eastern gateway of our wonderful city.

"The WACA has a belief that by having a circa 60,000 capacity all-purpose stadium (predominantly for Australian Rules football) and a circa 30,000 capacity predomin- antly (but not exclusive) cricket stadium gives Perth, together with its rectangular stadium, a very good and appropriate range of facilities.

"That the two oval stadiums are separated by a short walk across our beautiful Swan River is an added bonus."

The West Australian

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