Club on no­tice over up­grade

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - By JON BAS­SETT

WESTERN Knights Soc­cer Club has to com­plete a $250,000 up­grade to its Nash Field clu­b­rooms to get a three-year con­tin­u­a­tion of its lease af­ter Au­gust 2018 from Mos­man Park coun­cil.

At July’s meet­ing, the club wanted to clar­ify the clause in its lease that sets out a three-year, fol­lowed by seven-year and 10-year lease op­tions, at the site.

The club has a Sport De­part­ment grant of $250,000 for up­grades at its clu­b­room’s pavil­ion and chang­ing rooms. The up­grade was pro­posed af­ter sev­eral years of of­ten con­tentious lease talks be­tween the coun­cil and the club.

Coun­cil staff said clar­i­fi­ca­tion was now needed about what con­sti­tuted “ma­jor ren­o­va­tion works” and whether the pro­posed plans at the present clu­b­rooms qual­i­fied.

The staff said the new work and its tim­ing was con­sis­tent with ma­jor ren­o­va­tions in the lease. How­ever, be­cause there was no date for com­ple­tion of the work there were con­cerns about whether coun­cil staff would be­come the project’s man­agers.

“We’ve spo­ken many times about the Western Knights hav­ing a project man­ager, and I don’t want one of our staff en­ter­ing that role,” Coun­cil­lor Zenda John­son said.

It was agreed that to be able to ac­ti­vate the lease the club must com­plete op­tions by March 31, 2017. The coun­cil will es­tab­lish an agree­ment with the club to set milestones and cri­te­ria by which the progress is mea­sured be­fore the deadline.

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