WEST Coast's plan to redevelop Lathlain Park into a state-of-the-art training base is one step closer to becoming a reality, after the Federal Government pledged $10 million towards the project.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement on Saturday following 18 months of intensive lobbying by the AFL, West Coast and local federal member, Steve Irons.
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said that the support of the Federal Government was critical.
We thank the Federal Government for their recognition of the enormous ongoing social and economic benefits that the LPRP will deliver for the whole community," Nisbett said.
"Together with the Town of Victoria Park, we are now looking forward to rapidly advancing our plans for the precinct. We have been completely committed to the project from day one and this brings it a big step closer to reality.
"We would also like to thank the Prime Minister for taking the time to join us at Lathlain today. The support of Steve Irons has also been instrumental to bringing this major community project to reality.
The redevelopment of the home ground of WAFL club, Perth, is estimated to cost around $60 million with the Eagles contributing $22 million, while the AFL will chip in a further $4.5 million.
The cash-injection from the Federal Government is a significant win for the Eagles but the club is still chasing funding from the WA Government.
A shortfall of $23.5 million remains to complete the project.
In September last year, the Eagles signed a 99-year lease deal with the Victoria Park Council, and put in place a proposal to move the club's headquarters from Domain Stadium to Lathlain Park.
The Eagles had hoped to move into their new training base at the end of 2017, however funding delays have pushed back the schedule by up to 12 months.
The club said in a statement it was hopeful of relocating within the next three years.
Plans for the facility include two football ovals, one MCG-size, while the other will be the exact dimensions of the recently named Perth Stadium at Burswood.
It will also have an indoor training facility, an administration complex and house the Wirrpanda Foundation.