YANCHEP Sports and Social Club (YSSC) has secured a longer lease from the City of Wanneroo, which could help it in grant applications.
The council recently agreed to terminate the existing lease for the Yanchep Beach Road site and approve a 10-year lease with a 5000sq m portion of the block excised.
The report said the club wanted to expand membership numbers and was negotiating with the Yanchep Community Men’s Shed about subleasing part of the site north of the bowling greens to the shed.
It said the club, which formed in 1976, still had about four years remaining on the existing lease.
“This perceived lack of security of tenure is impeding its growth and development, especially in regards to the YSSC’s proposed grant applications for additional sport and recreation facilities and the potential upgrade of existing facilities,” it said.
According to the October council report, the 32,000sq m lot had a clubhouse with licensed bar, carpark, two grass bowling greens, three storage containers and a toilet block.
It also has two tennis courts the City maintains.
“Lot 1 is owned by the City in freehold and located within the strategic Yanchep town centre,” the report said.
“This locality presents the City with future potential commercial opportunities to develop or sell.
“It is anticipated that the (club) will be relocated to an alternative site at some point in the future.
“To date, no relocation site has been identified for the anticipated relocation.
“The City is in the very early stages of identifying regional open space for the Yanchep area, which is reliant on the State of WA purchasing and allocating the land to the City.
“This process is anticipated to take at least 10 years.”
The report said the club did not use the 5000sq m portion to the west that was being excised, and the City would assume responsibility over it for future in-house development or commercial leasing opportunities.
It said the club would continue to have a $1 per year peppercorn lease for the site, but also start paying an annual maintenance fee of $3200 with the City taking on all maintenance responsibilities under its leasing policy.
The report noted that the tennis court surface would probably need remedial maintenance work or replacement within the next decade.