Loan the money

I AM shocked at the expectation of Willetton Basketball Association in that, because it promoted certain people for council, it should now receive $3.25 million to expand its Willetton stadium.

Grants for individual facilities are hard to come by and the City and previous council hoped to build a state-of-the-art regional sporting complex in Canning Vale offering a range of sporting options.

The new council is already facing having to find money for a new staff enterprise agreement, building additions to its main offices to house staff leasing at Carousel, and pay in full the $1.6 million bill for the last investigation into Canning.

Former Commissioner Steven Cole urged the new council to lift rates again in 2016 to raise around $6 million to balance the books.

The non-refundable ratepayer money the WBA now expects, when it has been its choice since 2003 not to turn away new members rather than live within its means, will take a lot of that new money. I say repeat the actions of last time, and loan the money to it.

The association’s proposal includes benefitting from newly installed shops it hopes to lease commercially, so let us get a better return for ratepayers’ millions then we have seen in a while.

DIANA RYAN, Bentley.