FOOTBALL and cricket clubs have welcomed a City of Wanneroo decision to provide transportable change rooms at Alkimos and Eglinton sports fields.
The council decided on June 28 to allocate an unbudgeted $295,000 to install temporary buildings at Leatherback Park, the Amberton playing fields and Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.
Alkimos Seahawks president Doug Thorncroft said the football and junior cricket clubs already used Leatherback Park with limited facilities.
“It’s been a long process – I’ve been campaigning for quite a while to get some sort of facilities,” he said.
“This year we are stepping up and making the junior cricket club a lot bigger and intromore teams – it’s definitely come at a welcome time.
“This is our third year competing in football. Last year we won the division two football.”
With about 25 players turning up for training regularly, Mr Thorncroft said the next thing they would campaign for was lighting so they could use their home ground in winter rather than training at Kingsbridge Reserve in Butler.
Mr Thorncroft said there were about 50 juniors registered with the cricket club.
At the council meeting, councillor Domenic Zappa moved the recommendation to provide the temporary buildings, commenting on increasing demand at Wanneroo City Soccer Club’s base at Kingsway.
“Current facilities are not capable of coping with that demand,” he said.
“There were girls forced to change within the hall area or under the veranda because existing change rooms were not appropriate.”
Cr Zappa said buying transportables would allow the City to respond better to demand for change rooms when and where it was needed.
Several councillors praised the move as a short term solution to issues the City faces in catering for changing needs of sporting groups.
“The only issue I have with this item is we didn’t think of it before – it’s a no brainer,” Cr Dianne Guise said.
“The Education Department used transportables very successfully. They are pretty sexy items these days.”