Club hopes for long-term lease

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

THE West­ern Knights Soc­cer Club plans to start work on new clu­b­rooms at Nash Field at the end of this sea­son af­ter se­cur­ing State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing re­cently.

The Knights re­ceived $389,509 from the Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation’s Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund that will cover a third of the $1.2 mil­lion up­grade that will mod­ernise fa­cil­i­ties, pro­vide dis­abled ac­cess and im­prove vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mos­man Park Coun­cil has com­mit­ted $65,000 to the project for “Coun­cil iden­ti­fied tasks” and the club will cover the re­main­der via spon­sor­ship, work in kind and fundrais­ing. Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­drew Zu­vela said he hoped the work would be fin­ished for the start of the 2016 sea­son.

The grant and im­prove­ments would help the club se­cure a longterm lease with the Town of Mos­man Park.

“We’re hop­ing for a min­i­mum of 20 years be­cause we’re mak­ing a sig- nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the chang­e­rooms,” he said.

The Town agreed to “ap­prove a con­cept for a new lease” be­yond 2016 af­ter the club com­pletes “all work as­so­ci­ated with fa­cil­ity im­prove­ment, to a stan­dard and timetable ac­cept­able to the Town of Mos­man Park, util­is­ing funds pro­vided by oth­ers, apart from $65,000 al­lo­cated by the Town”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Poyn­ton said the Town would work with the West­ern Knights to con­struct the lease and looked for­ward to on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“The grant is great news for the lo­cal club that pro­vides sup­port, par­tic­u­larly for ju­nior play­ers,” Mr Poyn­ton said.

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