Win win for sport and city

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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