A league of its own
JOONDALUP PUTS HAND UP FOR SECOND SOCCER SIDE
THE City of Joondalup would be open to housing an A-League soccer team if a second side was to form in WA.
The council endorsed a strategic position statement that if a second team was established, the City would support the licence being located in its boundaries.
Cr Nige Jones said at a recent council meeting the City already had a similar statement to support a licence if a third AFL team was formed in WA.
“We have seen $36,000 spent on (finding) Joondalup United (Football Club a home) and $2.4 million spent on the Joondalup performing arts centre on reports and information, only to find down the track the council did not have the desire to proceed,” he said.
“Let’s determine now if we as a council have the desire to home a second A-League soccer club in WA.”
He said his motion had “no expenditure to consider or ramifications in moving forward”.
Cr Russ Fishwick said though this kind of motion was “not our usual protocol” of calling for a report, he saw no issue in supporting the statement.
However, Cr Tom McLean thought it might be “jumping the gun” and believed the council should first request a report, as recommended by City officers.
Cr Jones asked how much a report would cost and chief executive Garry Hunt said less than $10,000.
“It would comment on the impact of the licence, what would be required to achieve that licence, and what resources and infrastructure would be required if the licence was in place,” Mr Hunt said.
Cr Jones said he was trying to save costs and time.
“The previous mayor and myself met with Football West last year and they were very supportive about the northern corridor being the host of the next ALeague team,” he said.
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