ROSSMOYNE Netball Club will receive $61,269 towards a toilet and storage facility on Shelley Park following an unanimous decision by Canning Council last week.
A large crowd of Shelley residents and club members crowded council chambers at last Tuesday’s ordinary council meeting.
Residents expressed their concerns at the meeting that the proposed toilets would be too close to homes.
A petition containing 1038 signatures was presented to the council calling for the proposed toilet block not to be built at the northern end of the park’s Koolan Drive netball courts.
In a presentation to the council, local resident Mark Shaw, who spoke to the Canning Times last week, said he was not against the club facility but objected to a proposal for it being built close to homes. In response to these concerns councillors voted for City chief executive Arthur Kyron to investigate the feasibility and costs associated with other locations adjacent to the netball courts.
Club life member Gail Williams said the club had 411 members and 37 teams and had been fundraising for the facility for five years.
“The club needs this. We have been working hard towards this and liaising with City of Canning along the way,” she said.
Councillor Patrick Hall said the club was in dire need of storage on the site.
“At the moment the 37 coaches are having to take that equipment home. This is the first time in my memory that we have had a solely women’s sport come to council and ask for a very small amount of money. I stand here tonight in support of women’s participation in sport,” Cr Hall said.
He asked for the petition to be rejected on the basis that the City had not validated the signatures on it.
However, his motion for the council to not accept the petition failed.
The club’s grant will go towards the facility in the park, subject to the success of an application for $61,268 from the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries.
If funds are obtained the club will need to submit a development application to the council for approval. The proposed new 106sq m |facility will include two toilets, two storage rooms and an undercover area. It will not be open for general public use.