Ball in Joondalup council’s court over Warrandyte Park decision

Ball in Joondalup council’s court over Warrandyte Park decision

A REPORT to tomorrow night’s Joondalup Council briefing session recommends Whitford City Football Club remains at Craigie’s Warrandyte Park.

It also recommends against moving Joondalup United to Warrandyte, a move that sparked controversy and protest when the council deliberated on it in September and October.

“It is evident from the community reaction, that the community believes the current proposal (to move Whitford City to accommodate National Premier Leagues club Joondalup United) would lead to a significant change in amenity by displacing a community club from its primary base of 40 years,” the report said.

“It is therefore recommended… the City work with Joondalup United, Football West and other key stakeholders to find Joondalup United a suitable venue they can refer to as their primary base and allow them to compete at NPL level.”

Craigie residents opposed to the upgrade of Warrandyte for Joondalup United kept up their protest last week with the release of a statement. The release followed the City of Joondalup’s community forum on the park’s use last month and a meeting of residents at the park a week later.

“We’ve already lost the right to walk our dogs on leash through the adjoining Craigie Open Space, a decision that was made without community consultation,” Warrandyte Park user Laura Wimsett said.

“The council are looking at Warrandyte as a sporting ground first, with the community being an afterthought,” resident Peter Blythe said.

“This is a community space that sporting groups happen to utilize.”