More time to set up pavilion
One of the main users of the Hay Park South Multi Sports Pavilion has welcomed Bunbury City Council’s decision to defer a decision over its management.
The facility remains in limbo after the council was forced to take over management in 2017, just months after the multi-milliondollar pavilion was opened.
An initial lease agreement between the South West Phoenix Soccer and South West Warriors Rugby League clubs was annulled after the forming of an association failed to come to fruition.
The council was last week set to retain management, but after a passionate presentation from Phoenix president Guy Italiano, the matter was deferred to March.
Mr Italiano said the council’s agenda item tarnished the club’s reputation and contradicted the ongoing facility.
Mr Italiano told the South Western Times the club was happy the matter was deferred and hoped for a successful resolution.
“What I want to see happen is for this pavilion to function as it was set out to function — a multi-sport pavilion, run under management by one single entity for the benefit of the members,” he said. “Our ideal solution is to have an association in place made up of members from different sporting clubs and different sporting communities that want to be a part of that facility and utilise that facility.”
Mayor Gary Brennan confirmed the council’s end goal was for an association to take over.
“I hope that there is an association formed that can then take over the running and management of the building, it’s not core business for us,” Mr Brennan said. negotiations over the