Hawks push for permanent nest

Hawks push for permanent nest

During public question time at the September 9 briefing, Yanchep resident Jay Leonhardt said the transportable was not an option and the club wanted a permanent building for a meeting room, in addition to its changerooms and toilets.

But city program services manager Shane Spinks said if the council decided to build the extension rather than use a temporary 12x9m structure, the project would take 64 weeks.

‘The transportable option is looking to provide an option for the club for next winter,’ he said.

‘We have had discussions with club representatives (who) have been quite firm ” they would prefer to see the ultimate extension, not the interim room.’

Mr Leonhardt and Phil Smeeton, who has been involved with the club since 2000, questioned the $295,000 cost calculated by the city for an extension. Community development director Fiona Bentley said the city did not have the capacity to absorb further project work, and some projects would suffer if the staff workload increased unless another project was deferred.

The report on the September agenda listed 11 capital works projects which, if delayed, would allow for the funds for the addition of a multi-purpose meeting room within this financial year.

Most were determined not to be viable options, including the Yanchep ovals and surf lifesaving club projects, because delays could affect grant funding or communities needing those facilities.

But the staff report said there were two options ” one to delay designing the Butler north district open space and use $100,000 of the $250,000 available there to provide the transportable. The other was to delay the design of the Pearsall Hocking Community Centre, using more than half its $400,000 budget allocation to build the 100sq m extension.

But councillor Brett Treby said he had asked staff to explore options of borrowing against reserve funds for the project at last month’s council meeting.

Chief executive Daniel Simms said staff would look at those options and amend the report before the September 16 meeting agenda was distributed this Friday.

The council will consider how to proceed with the Oldham facility on Tuesday and consider whether to apply for a $98,000 grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation for the project.