A league of its own


Joondalup Weekender - - Weekender - Tyler Brown

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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