Win win for sport and city
A KOONDOOLA soccer club has welcomed a Wanneroo Council decision to build clubrooms in one stage over the next two years rather than two stages over six years.
Westnam United president Peter Le appealed to the council to build the multi-purpose room at Shelvock Park at the same time as the change rooms and toilets in a deputation before the October 16 meeting.
“There’s savings if we build it all in one stage,” he said.
At the October 9 briefing session, councillors were told building it in one stage could cost about $1.6 million as opposed to the $1.9 million total for two stages.
Councillor Brett Treby successfully moved an amendment, seconded by Cr Domenic Zappa, to include a 100sq m multi-purpose room in the first stage rather than wait to 2023-24 or 2024-25 to build it.
Cr Treby said there was “no question” that the facility was needed and building both sections avoided increases in the building cost.
Cr Hugh Nguyen, who declared an impartiality interest because his son was a Westnam junior player, said providing appropriate facilities would encourage young people to play soccer.
“Our youths cannot wait five or six more years before they have a complete set of facilities,” he said.
About 20 members of Westnam United attended the council meeting, and applauded the vote.
Westnam United Soccer Club members with Wanneroo councillors.