Grow­ing calls for new clu­b­rooms

Ap­peal for one-stage pro­posal

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

A SOC­CER club with 300 mem­bers hopes Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors will grant its wish for clu­b­rooms tonight.

The coun­cil is due to con­sider a re­port rec­om­mend­ing it en­dorse a con­cept plan for a sports build­ing at Shelvock Park in Koon­doola, at the Oc­to­ber 16 meet­ing.

The plan pro­posed two stages of con­struc­tion, with change rooms, toi­lets, kitchen and stor­age to be built over the next two years, and a 100sq m mul­ti­pur­pose room as a sec­ond stage in 2023-24 and 2024-25.

West­nam United Soc­cer Club, which uses the park, has ap­pealed to the coun­cil to com­plete the build­ing in one stage.

“With the growth of our club and the devel­op­ment and the in­crease in ac­tiv­i­ties and use from the devel­op­ment, it didn’t make any sense not to in­clude a mul­ti­pur­pose room,” pres­i­dent Pe­ter Le said.

“All large clubs and their fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a multi-pur­pose room – we didn’t think adding a mul­ti­pur­pose room would cost that much.

“The gen­eral con­sen­sus is that there is sav­ings to be made if the multi-pur­pose room was built now, to­gether with the rest of the devel­op­ment. We have a pe­ti­tion signed by 300 peo­ple in sup­port of the devel­op­ment and the multi-pur­pose room.”

A re­port to Coun­cil said the first stage of the project would cost $1.4 mil­lion, and the multi-pur­pose room could cost about $590,000 if built as a sec­ond stage.

At last week’s brief­ing ses­sion, Cr Brett Treby asked what it would cost to in­clude the room in the first stage and was told the City would be look­ing at $1.6 mil­lion, as op­posed to the $1.9 mil­lion to­tal for two stages.

Crs Treby and Domenic Zappa flagged mov­ing an al­ter­na­tive or amend­ment to the rec­om­men­da­tion, to in­clude the multi-pur­pose room in the first stage.

A group of Viet­namese Aus­tralians formed the West­nam club about four decades ago and it now has play­ers from all over the world and is af­fil­i­ated with Foot­ball West.

West­nam United Soc­cer Club has ap­pealed to Wan­neroo Coun­cil to com­plete a sports build­ing at Shelvock Park in one stage.

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