Help­ing hand for hockey club

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace - By JON BAS­SETT

THE Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation has talked to premier hockey club West­side Wolves about fund­ing new fa­cil­i­ties on beach­side Swan­bourne Re­serve, near Allen Park in Swan­bourne.

“The depart­ment’s fa­cil­i­ties divi­sion has ad­vised the West­side Wolves of the CSRFF fund­ing process should they wish to pro­ceed,” depart­ment fa­cil­i­ties di­rec­tor Rob Did­coe said.

Mr Did­coe said State Govern­ment fund­ing re­quired that clubs “en­gage with us be­fore sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions” so they un­der­stand plan­ning, fund­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity and if a pro­ject should be sent to Lot­teryWest or coun­cils for fi­nanc­ing.

Ned­lands Coun­cil is con­duct­ing a mas­ter plan for Allen Park and Mr Did­coe said the coun­cil was the best way of fur­ther­ing any dis­cus­sions about a hockey fa­cil­ity on the re­serve.

“We haven’t seen a for­mal pro­posal, so it’s dif­fi­cult to com­ment on merit, but the CSRFF pro­gram has pre­vi­ously sup­ported ap­pro­pri­ately planned syn­thetic hockey fa­cil­i­ties, such as Whit­fords Hockey Club and Melville,” Mr Did­coe said.

West­side Wolves pres­i­dent Keith Walker said the Swan­bourne-based club had held sev­eral meet­ings with the coun­cil, which had shown in­ter­est in a fa­cil­ity, but there was no solid pro­posal.

He said the club did not have any pro­ject de­tails or costs, and “just wanted to build a hockey sta­dium”, and a sub-com­mit­tee was work­ing on any pro­posal be­ing a sin­gle- or mul­ti­sport fa­cil­ity, or none at all, and there­fore he could not com­ment on any carpark­ing im­pli­ca­tions.

Ned­lands deputy mayor Bill Has­sell said any pro­posal for the re­serve would only be con­sid­ered if it had com­mu­nity sup­port, and it was “not likely” the coun­cil would “take a chunk out of the park” un­less any pro­po­nents had ratepay­ers’ sup­port.

The Clare­mont-based Dol­phins wa­ter polo pro­posed a swimming pool at the former Swan­bourne Bowl­ing Club 15 months ago.

Dol­phins spe­cial projects man­ager Phil Scales said the pro­posal stalled after the coun­cil sug­gested greater fa­cil­i­ties than those needed by the club.

Mr Scales said there had been no talks with the Wolves about a joint pro­posal for the re­serve.

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