Sport precinct mooted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park wants to cre­ate a spe­cial precinct for sport at its pop­u­lar Mann and Davis ovals and Nash Field in the cen­tre of the Town.

“Our pro­posal is to get some­thing hap­pen­ing there as soon as pos­si­ble as it’s needed for ev­ery­one,” West­ern Knight Foot­ball Club vice-pres­i­dent Dean Zlen­dic said.

At Tues­day’s Town of Mos­man Park meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed to spend $22,000 on a fea­si­bil­ity study to which at least three of the five main users of the ar­eas could con­trib­ute up to $11,000.

Main users cur­rently com­prise the West­ern Knights, Mos­man Park Pri­mary School, St Hilda’s Angli­can School for Girls, Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege and the Mos­man Park Ju­nior Foot­ball Club, in ad­di­tion to those hir­ing its halls.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors states it was an op­por­tune time to con­sider a precinct be­cause of is­sues, in­clud­ing the build­ing and kinder­garten at Nash Field get­ting old, leases with the West­ern Knights and De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion be­ing up for re­newal and re­stricted space at nearby Mos­man Park PS.

The three-month fea­si­bil­ity study would start with a “blank can­vas” and in­volve each user meet­ing with ar­chi­tects at least three times to de­ter­mine each group’s needs, the type of build­ing re­quired and costs.

How­ever, go­ing ahead with the study with­out fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions from all users and the ef­fec­tive­ness of pre­vi­ous fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies started by the coun­cil were both chal­lenged.

“If they are not pre­pared to put up $4000 to $5000 to pro­ceed then that’s a pretty good in­di­ca­tion they may not be part of it,” Cr Zenda John­son said,

Cr Jenna Ledger­wood said other fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies into other projects had not pro­gressed.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett.

Mos­man Park Pri­mary School stu­dents Harry Al­brecht (11), Meg La­mond (10) and Aza­ylia Van Ven (10) al­ready en­joy the ovals.

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