More time to set up pavil­ion

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

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

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