Western Knights se­cure long-term lease

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

THE Western Knights Soc­cer Club has se­cured a three-year lease with op­tions un­til 2035 at their Nash Field, Mos­man Park club­house from Mos­man Park Coun­cil.

“The Town of Mos­man Park has pro­duced a lease that could re­sult in the club be­ing here for another 20 years,” club sec­re­tary An­drew Zu­vela said.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed on the lease that re­quired chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Poyn­ton to ne­go­ti­ate with the club for the past year.

A cur­rent lease ex­pired on June 30 and ne­go­ti­a­tions on a new agree­ment re­flected sev­eral years of res­i­dents’ and coun­cil­lors con­cerns about the pre­vi­ous cost to the coun­cil of main­tain­ing the clu­b­rooms, whether it would have to pay for a re­build, noise and park­ing from games and whether the club should move to another lo­ca­tion.

Mr Zu­vela said club mem­bers, in­clud­ing 300 ju­nior play­ers from Mos­man Park schools, had been part of the com­mu­nity for 15 years, and club lead­ers were “com­fort­able with the coun­cil’s lease of­fer of three years, with ad­di­tional sev­enyear and 10-year op­tions.

The club will now use its lease to se­cure Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation grants to con­trib­ute to a $1.3 mil­lion up­grade of its fa­cil­i­ties and it will be re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing graf­fiti, paint­ing the club­house and main­tain­ing fences.

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