MLA and patron championing club’s push to fast-track extension

Butler MLA and club patron John Quigley meets with surf club members Brenna Jackson, Neil Rigby, Innes Lumsden, Rebekah Birch and Dana Birch.
Butler MLA and club patron John Quigley meets with surf club members Brenna Jackson, Neil Rigby, Innes Lumsden, Rebekah Birch and Dana Birch.

QUINNS Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club has raised “serious issues” about the lack of training facilities with patron John Quigley.

Mr Quigley, who is also the Butler MLA, said the club had approached him with their concerns about delays by the City of Wanneroo to extend their building.

‘Ten years ago when the clubrooms were built, the then-mayor Jon Kelly indicated that the surf club was being built on a concrete slab for a roof and a sacrificial tin roof on top, so that as soon as funds became available a community facility would be built on top,’ he said.

‘Mr Kelly indicated that the City would proceed with the sale of excess land which was surplus to the City’s requirements, in Fowey Loop, Mindarie, and the proceeds of the sale of those blocks would be applied to building the community facility on top of the surf club.

‘Instead of the money being applied, as the community had been promised, to a facility on top of the surf club, the City placed the funds into its consolidated reserve account where they sit.

‘The surf club used to use its mezzanine floor to train juniors and other new members in resuscitation techniques because there was no room on the floor of the surf club proper to conduct training classes,’ he said.

‘The surf club received correspondence from the City, that they could no longer use the mezzanine floor for training classes.

‘They would never have had to start using the mezzanine floor for training classes if the City had kept its promise and used the money from the sale of Fowey Loop to build the community facility on top of the surf club.’

The club launched a petition on March 1 that will ask the City to honour the promise to residents and use funds raised from the Fowey Loop land sale to build the community facility.

The petition can be signed at the club office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday mornings.

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