Oval scoreboard to be replaced

The Town of Bassendean council voted at its May 25 meeting to list $45,000 for consideration in the draft 2015-16 capital budget to demolish and replace the steel structure, which is deteriorating.

A report about the scoreboard noted the �poor structural condition� and �extensive rust�, with the �base plate bolts completely rusted away�.

The scoreboard will also undergo a slight redesign, with the clock sitting alongside the scores.

Mayor John Gangell said temporary measures had been put in place to keep the structure safe until the end of the season.

�Inquiries were made about getting a temporary LED screen for the next few games but at $1000 per game it was too much,� he said.

The works should be completed during a bye in the season once the funding is included in the budget and the budget passed, which could be around July.

Swan Districts Football Club (SDFC) chief executive Tom Bottrell said the Town consulted with the club over its plans.

�The Town of Bassendean has been in regular contact with SDFC about possibly needing to replace the scoreboard,� he said.

�At this stage a local fabrication company has done some repairs to get through this season before further review.�

Mr Bottrell said there were no reports of injuries caused by the structure.

Concerned football fan Jim Dougan suggested on the Lost WAFL Facebook page in April a campaign to save the scoreboard.

�The Bassendean council are considering knocking down the wonderful old scoreboard on the hill as they say it needs repairs,� he wrote.

�That would be a shame and I am not happy about it, so I am asking all of you out there in football land to let the council know that we don’t want to lose the board.

�It is part of Swan Districts Football Club and Bassendean and part of football and we don�t want a digital board you can�t see when the sun hits it; hate digital with a passion.

�Let�s retain a bit of sporting history.�

According to Cr Gangell, there had been some confusion in the community about the works on the scoreboard.

�It is not the original scoreboard,� he said.

�The one that is there has been there for about 12 years. The design will be similar, only the position of the clock will be moved.�