Council considers reserve future

The Canning Bowls club is a treasure that should not be closed.
The Canning Bowls club is a treasure that should not be closed.

At last week�s council meeting, Cameron Schuster proposed that the City start the planning process for redevelopment of existing facilities and the possible addition of new facilities.

Cr Schuster�s motion requested chief executive Shayne Silcox engage with present and potential new user groups regarding their future needs to inform the appropriate mix of activities that could be accommodated at the reserve.

Present and potential users of the reserve include Applecross-Mount Pleasant Sporting Association, Fremantle Rebels Softball Club, Applecross Cricket Club, Melville City Touch Football Association, Ardross Junior Cricket Club, Applecross Junior Football Club, Southern Districts Gaelic Football Club and Mount Pleasant Bowls Club.

Cr Schuster said the facilities were degraded and the liquor licensing arrangements did not encourage the reserve to be used by junior sporting organisations.

He said the Mount Pleasant Bowls Club should be included in the discussion as its facilities were also degraded and expensive to maintain, and moving the club may partly fund any upgrades to the reserve.

�I understand that if the club moved to the Shirley Strickland Reserve, then the land it sits on can be sold for a purpose consistent with its surrounds, as long as the funds recovered are spent on the initial purpose of the land, which is sport and recreation,� Cr Schuster�s motion said.