Petitions kick-off

Quinns Football Club’s high membership put pressure on Gumblossom Park, prompting petitions for extra facilities.
Quinns Football Club’s high membership put pressure on Gumblossom Park, prompting petitions for extra facilities.

After considering reports on two petitions from the Quinns Football Club on September 17, elected members supported administration’s recommendation to submit proposals for the 2014-15 capital works program.

One 170-signature petition sought upgrades including floodlighting at Abbeville Park in Mindarie, and the other 85-signature petition requested development of changerooms, toilets and floodlights at Riverlinks Park in Clarkson.

Quinns Football Club life member Gary Kirkpatrick gave a deputation before the council meeting, telling councillors the club had been around for about 20 years.

‘We are a large club and still growing,’ he said.

‘At the moment we are limited by the availability of facilities.’

Mr Kirkpatrick said it had about 850 playing members, plus families, and having the extra facilities would mean up to 400 players could take part on weekends.

The club currently uses Gumblossom Park in Quinns Rocks, and the report said heavy use in winter resulted in significant wear and tear to the playing surfaces.

It said the club experienced significant growth in the past three seasons and was considering capping membership to manage its facility use, with parking another concern.