Quinns District Amateur Football Club face longer wait for bigger facilities


Quinns District Amateur Football Club vice president Brett Wahlert and club president Darren Eiffler with players and coaches. Picture: Martin Kennealey d453098
Quinns District Amateur Football Club vice president Brett Wahlert and club president Darren Eiffler with players and coaches. Picture: Martin Kennealey d453098

QUINNS Districts Amateur Football Club could face a longer wait for bigger facilities at Ridgewood Park following a Wanneroo council decision .

On Tuesday , the council agreed to allocate $7000 to help the club finalise its funding model and business case for bigger facilities.

It noted administration’s concerns about the business case, including the sustainability of the funding model, risks of a loan, and impact of bigger facilities on nearby residents.

The council also noted that $421,000 had been budgeted to build a 100sq m extension over 2015-16 and 2016-17, and a further report would come to the council once the model was finalised.

Bulls club president Darren Eiffler the decision “achieved nothing”, and potentially put expansion plans back a year.

Mr Eiffler said existing facilities could not cater for the growing club, which already had more than 200 members.

“We are probably going to have an influx of players,” he said.

“It’s just not viable.”

Mr Eiffler said there would be no facilities offering two senior ovals until the Butler district open space was complete in 2019, and even then, the club was not guaranteed access to it.

During discussion at the meeting, Mayor Tracey Roberts acknowledged the club’s “passion and enthusiasm” and on-field success, as well as work done by the City’s staff.

“We would love to wave a magic wand and deliver the clubs what they want,” she said.

“There are still a number of hurdles to overcome.”

Last year the council agreed to fund a 100sq m extension, but the club’s business case outlined three larger options, including two for a separate building, one planned as a staged development.

It estimated costs of between $1.055 million for a 270sq m extension to $1.644 million for a 421sq m building, based on the City’s estimated cost of a 100sq m extension.

At the same meeting, the council awarded a $342,415 tender to Palace Homes and Construction to add a multipurpose room to the sports amenities building at Gumblossom Reserve in Quinns Rocks.

It noted that the soccer-playing Quinns Football Club would have four weeks to consider making a $43,850 contribution to include a storeroom in the extension.

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