Foot­ball club funds sur­prise

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Jon Bas­sett

CITY of Vin­cent Mayor Emma Cole is ques­tion­ing why the coun­cil and Foot­ball West was not con­sulted be­fore a One Na­tion sen­a­tor an­nounced on Satur­day that Mt Hawthorn’s Floreat Athena Foot­ball Club was getting $3 mil­lion from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

“As the landowner of the Li­tis Sta­dium, on be­half of the com­mu­nity, and as Foot­ball West is the state sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tion and also a ma­jor stake­holder, this was quite a sur­prise,” Ms Cole said.

Ms Cole said the coun­cil would con­tact the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion and the Fed­eral Depart­ment of Health about the money.

Sen­a­tor Peter Ge­or­giou said he was one of “sev­eral” se­na­tors ap­proached by the club a year ago, after which he lob­bied Fi­nance Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Mathias Cor­mann “quite vig­or­ously”.

Floreat Athena was formed in 1951 and has been at the sta­dium since 1982.

The club is seek­ing a long-term lease be­yond an agree­ment with the city that has them there un­til 2019, with an ex­tra-year op­tion, after it was asked by the coun­cil to de­velop a mas­ter plan for the sta­dium and seek out­side fund­ing for an up­grade that could cost up to $4 mil­lion.

Club pres­i­dent Dim­itri­ous Thomas said he went to see Mr Ge­or­giou, a for­mer mas­ters player at the club, be­cause he was the only per­son he knew in govern­ment.

Mr Thomas said the club would now send a state­ment to the City and Foot­ball West and it was “keen” to work with them on im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing the con­demned change rooms, up­grad­ing light­ing, a bet­ter pitch and seat­ing.

“The club ac­knowl­edges that the City of Vin­cent are the landown­ers and cus­to­di­ans of the sta­dium and that this an­nounce­ment doesn’t detour from the club’s fo­cus of con­tin­u­ing the path it has taken to meet the res­o­lu­tions set out by the coun­cil,” he said.

Mr Thomas said the club could con­sider an­other lo­ca­tion if no long-term lease was agreed upon.

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