Bulls plan new club facilities
HANKS Pavilion could soon be replaced with a purpose-built facility with more suitable female changerooms in a bid to boost women’s football in the region.
Last week Harvey Shire Council threw its support behind the Harvey Bulls Football Club proposal to demolish the 1970s-built pavilion and replace it with a modern building with a warm up area and space for training and rehabilitation.
The club has earmarked about $60,000 towards the project, which will cost about $173,000 in total.
Harvey shire manager of community and economic development Peter Quinliven said the Bulls approached the council six months ago with the idea.
“There was such a good response to the women’s team last year, they realised there was a need for a more suitable women’s changeroom,” Mr Quinliven said.
The club compared the cost of either refurbishing the current building or upgrading and in the end it was an economical decision.
“To convert the current site would have cost more than to rebuild the entire thing,” Mr Quinliven said.
The club proposed a funding arrangement which would include grants from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the Western Australian Football Commission and the Alcoa Harvey Sustainability Fund.
The council submitted this application to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, marking the project as first priority for the March round of CSRFF grants.
A previous project to create a Leschenault Recreation Park was submitted as a second priority.
If the Bulls fail to secure the grant, council staff have agreed to provide a self-supporting loan of up to $50,000 in next financial year’s budget.
“The council is very supportive of this going ahead,” Mr Quinliven said.
“In its first season the Harvey Bull women’s side made it to the grand final and came within points of winning the premiership.”
Harvey Bulls stalwart Michael Zappia said the council’s approval was a step in the right direction.
“We have along way to go from here,” he said.
“If all goes well, we’re hoping to have them done by next season.”