Coun­cil tri­als Western Park man­age­ment

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A com­mit­tee of man­age­ment over­see­ing Western Park will be dis­banded and Baw Baw Shire will take over man­age­ment of the sports fa­cil­ity.

Coun­cil will trial the new ar­range­ment for 12 months and will then work with user groups to de­ter­mine the best fu­ture man­age­ment op­tions for the re­serve.

The com­mit­tee of man­age­ment was es­tab­lished 30 years ago. The three ten­ant sport­ing clubs in­clude Western Park Cricket Club; War­ragul In­dus­tri­als Foot­ball Net­ball Club; and War­ragul Gulls Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

Coun­cil cur­rently un­der­takes all grass main­te­nance at the venue, ex­clud­ing the turf wicket area which is a cricket club re­spon­si­bil­ity. Clubs pay a ground and court us­age fee un­der coun­cil’s pric­ing pol­icy.

A re­port to coun­cil said the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment was re­spon­si­ble for man­age­ment of util­ity ac­counts, mi­nor main­te­nance, waste man­age­ment, book­ings other than schools and ad­vo­cacy for im­prove­ments/de­vel­op­ment at the re­serve.

The com­mit­tee re­ceives an an­nual main­te­nance al­lo­ca­tion to ad­dress mi­nor build­ing and an­cil­lary main­te­nance items.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers re­cently at­tended a com­mit­tee of man­age­ment meeting to out­line some of the op­tions avail­able if a new com­mit­tee was un­able to be elected at the an­nual gen­eral meeting.

The op­tions pre­sented in­cluded: con­tin­ued man­age­ment of the re­serve by a new com­mit­tee; for­mally re­scind­ing the com­mit­tee, re­sult­ing in coun­cil as­sum­ing full man­age­ment of the re­serve; or, dis­band­ing the com­mit­tee for 12 months, re­sult­ing in coun­cil as­sum­ing full man­age­ment of the re­serve for a 12-month trial pe­riod.

Fol­low­ing the un­suc­cess­ful com­mit­tee elec­tion, all clubs in­di­cated on the night they would like coun­cil to as­sume man­age­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity for a 12-month pe­riod.

The com­mit­tee out­lined a de­sire to mon­i­tor the new ap­proach with the po­ten­tial try to reestab­lish a com­mit­tee in Au­gust 2019.

It was rec­om­mended that coun­cil re­tains the 2018/19 an­nual main­te­nance funds of $6525 and works with the clubs di­rectly to un­der­take main­te­nance as re­quired, in the in­terim.

Clubs at Western Park will con­tinue to pay a fee for grass main­te­nance to coun­cil un­der coun­cil’s pric­ing pol­icy.

Cr Danny Goss said the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment had been in place for a long pe­riod of time. He par­tic­u­larly ac­knowl­edged the work of Tony Flack who had been chair­man for 20 years.

He said coun­cil had as­sumed a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity for Western Park in­clud­ing mow­ing the re­serve ev­ery Fri­day.

He said the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment paid util­i­ties bills and was given some money to look af­ter the precinct.

How­ever, he said af­ter be­ing un­able to elect a chair­man at the an­nual meeting, the com­mit­tee agreed to dis­band and coun­cil could man­age the fa­cil­ity for a one year trial.

Cr Mikaela Power said she was con­fi­dent coun­cil could come up with some im­prove­ments over the next 12 months dur­ing the trial ar­range­ment.

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