Treat­ment ‘unfair’

Canning Times - - NEWS -

CAN­NING­TON MLA Bill Johnston has crit­i­cised the City of Can­ning, say­ing its treat­ment of Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club mem­bers was unfair.

His com­ments came af­ter a de­ci­sion by Can­ning Coun­cil last month to evict the club from its Ge­orge Street West premises by June 30.

Mr Johnston, who met mem­bers of the club last Fri­day, said ev­ery­one knew the phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture of the club needed re­newal.

“There had been a num­ber of pro­pos­als by coun­cil as to what the fu­ture of the club may look like,” he said.

“Leav­ing the club in the cur­rent fa­cil­ity was not an op­tion but the way they have done it was dis­ap­point­ing.”

Mr Johnston said when the Mills Park Bowl­ing Club moved to Can­ning­ton there was an ex­pec­ta­tion there would be an on­go­ing fu­ture for the Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club.

“The fact that this has been al­lowed to come to cri­sis be­fore ac­tion was taken does not re­flect well on coun­cil,” Mr Johnston said.

A City spokesper­son said the club’s com­mit­tee was re­spon­si­ble for the club’s gov­er­nance.

The spokesper­son said while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pro­posed merger be­tween Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club and Mills Park Bowl­ing Club in April 2015, Bowls WA no­ti­fied the City of con­cerns with the ac­count­ing prac­tices of Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club.

“Fol­low­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions that in­cluded prop­erty in­spec­tions and a fi­nan­cial review, City of­fi­cers in­di­cated to the club in June 2015 that its lease would not be re­newed,” he said.

The spokesper­son said the City at that time granted the club’s re­quest to con­tinue to oc­cupy the premises to fin­ish the bowl­ing sea­son in March 2016.

“The City has al­lowed the club to con­tinue to oc­cupy the build­ing on a month-to-month lease since that date. Dur­ing that time the City has asked the club on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to pro­vide the City with in­for­ma­tion that it had im­proved its fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion,” the spokesper­son said.

The spokesper­son said the club had not provided com­pelling in­for­ma­tion to prove its vi­a­bil­ity and demon­strate the fa­cil­ity should be pri­ori­tised over other com­mu­nity needs.

Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club mem­bers can ask the City to pay mem­ber­ship fees to an al­ter­na­tive bowl­ing club for the next two bowl­ing sea­sons.

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