Growing calls for new clubrooms
Appeal for one-stage proposal
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.