Bulls plan new club fa­cil­i­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

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.”

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