‘Save our club’: giant sign on Canning Highway targets Melville Mayor

The giant sign facing Canning Highway was in place Friday morning.
The giant sign facing Canning Highway was in place Friday morning.

MELVILLE Bowling Club members unveiled a large sign on Canning Highway this morning, directly targeting Mayor Russell Aubrey over the City of Melville’s plans to evict them from Tompkins Park.

The club is due to be forced out at some point this year in favour of the proposed wave park.

The sign, stretched along the club’s fenceline, reads: Forced Closure After 62 Years, Mayor Aubrey evicts Bowling Cub, Save our Club.

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Bowling club president Tim Smith said the they targeted Mr Aubrey personally because he used a casting vote to turn down an Annual General Meeting of Electors motion to terminate the ground lease with wave park developer Urbnsurf.

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“We wanted to make a statement as there is talk of an imminent eviction notice,” he said.

“The State Government has been reluctant to get involved so we need the community to protest.”

Mr Smith said protestors had plans to unveil a second sign to demonstrate the height of the proposed wave park’s wall.

Mr Aubrey called the decision to display the sign “political.”

“I’m not threatened by this any more than the actions taken by the bowling club,” he said.

Mr Aubrey said he would talk to the council’s chief executive Marten Tieleman about whether they would remove the sign.