Improvements would “destroy” croquet club

Susan Sands and members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423324
Susan Sands and members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423324

As part of the plan, it is proposed that the club move from its premises at Comer Reserve to Ernest Johnson Reserve.

As part of the move, the club would have a two-lane venue with a shared clubhouse.

The club said it would be a downgrade from its current four floodlit lanes and dedicated clubhouse at Comer Reserve.

Club vice-president Susan Sands said a club could effectively service about 25 members per lawn and it was already very close to this number.

‘Future development of the club would require consideration of additional lawns and not, as proposed by the City of South Perth, a reduction by 50 per cent,’ she said.

She added the club was heavily used for recreational and competitive play, as well as coaching and training.

‘It is also used by corporate and private groups and in 2013 more, than 40 bookings were taken by the club,’ Ms Sands said.

The master plan was drafted as part of the City of South Perth’s commitment to improve facilities at the reserve.

The City said the aim of the draft plan was to accommodate the needs of relevant sports clubs, community groups, local community and the City.

The plan also provides a contemporary, functional and sustainable multi-purpose facility.

The City has invited feedback and comments regarding the design elements of the concept plan.

Completed submissions must be received by the City of South Perth by 5pm August 7.