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Taking it to the hoop

CHRIS THOMSON

MARCH 8 UPDATE: The basketball court for the beleaguered Perth Arena project will be delivered and installed in August or September – if a state government tender process goes to plan.

Government agency VenuesWest yesterday advertised for tenderers to provide a mobile basketball court, backstops and netball rings.

The tender documents call for the court, backstops and rings to be delivered and installed “in August or September”.

Last month the Perth Wildcats – Western Australia’s premier basketball team – said it would abandon plans to play at the arena if the troubled project were not complete by October.

Today, Premier Colin Barnett said the arena would be practically completed in August, and have its long-awaited gala opening on November 10.

“Practical completion will occur in August as previously announced with a three-month commissioning period including all system testing, furnishing, training and a series of test events to follow,” Mr Barnett said.

“The people of Western Australia can expect a very exciting opening program that will allow the community access to fully experience the venue.

“While it cost more than it should have, I’m confident the arena will prove to be a wonderful venue for all West [sic] Australians to enjoy.”

The possible September supply date of the basketball and netball equipment occurs after Mr Barnett’s stated project completion date.

oneperth.com.au has put calls into the Wildcats to see if the franchise is comfortable with the timing.

A November or December finish date would force the Wildcats to refund hundreds of $150 packages already paid for by members.

Last month the Wildcats signed a sponsorship deal with engineering and design company ConstructaTruck.

ConstructaTruck cited the team’s move to Perth Arena as a major factor in its sponsorship decision.

Technical and project management dramas have seen the Perth Arena – first conceived in 2004 – plagued by project over-runs.

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