HOME REM­EDY FOR HEADACHE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

THE on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the State Gov­ern­ment and the WA Football Com­mis­sion are caus­ing a headache for ev­ery­one, not just the par­ties in­volved. The ball will bounce for the last time at Su­bi­aco Oval in Septem­ber and then it is off to the new Perth Sta­dium for next sea­son, if an agree­ment can be reached by then. Mean­while, the Ea­gles and Dock­ers do not have a home ground for next sea­son. The WAFC’S re­cent re­jec­tion of a $100 mil­lion, 10-year pack­age to com­pen­sate for not se­cur­ing the new sta­dium con­tract has been la­belled greedy, but chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Tay­lor said it would jeop­ar­dise grass­roots football. The WAFC is push­ing for a fig­ure closer to $11 mil­lion per year, for more than 10 years. If the Gov­ern­ment can eas­ily fork out $1.2 bil­lion for the sta­dium, what is an ex­tra mil­lion a year to keep ju­nior football in WA alive?

Let’s hope who­ever wins the State Elec­tion sticks to their prom­ises, gets the WA football com­mu­nity out of the dark and eases the headache.

Mon­tana Ar­don

Re­porter

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