Chronic lack of City storage space
THE City of Belmont is seeking $45,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation to help pay for two much-needed sports equipment storage sheds for five local organisations.
If successful in obtaining the funding, the City will also contribute $53,159 and the sporting clubs $37,108 for the storage sheds at Middleton and Peet parks.
Acting chief executive Neville Deague said the City submitted the two Department of Sport and Recreation Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund small grant applications for the storage units in the August round of funding.
The clubs had identified a lack of available storage space in their multi-purpose facilities and have no access to power or water utilities next to training areas on the reserves.
“It has been identified by the club committees at both multipurpose facilities that there is not enough storage space available to store essential club equipment for growing membership bases,” a council report said.
“Concerns were raised that equipment had to be stored in unsecured change rooms, service areas or volunteers are transporting items from off-site storage locations to training and matches.”
It said the lack of storage space was causing concerns for City officers and contractors responsible for the maintenance of the multipurpose facilities.
“Items are currently stored on change room floors and service areas which need to be accessed by cleaners and contractors,” the report said.
“Items are also being left in communal areas, affecting the ability to hire the facility to other community groups and casual hirers.”
It said the lack of power and water available at the cricket training facilities on both reserves had been an ongoing issue, with clubs having to run long extension cords or using generators to power bowling machines.
The clubs seeking the units at Middleton Park were the Ascot Senior Cricket Club, Ascot Eagles Junior Cricket Club and Redcliffe Junior Football Club and at Peet Park, Belmont Cricket Club and Belmont Junior Football Club.
Both storage units will have internal dividers and each club will have a locked roller door.