Manning Rippers football club wants James Miller Oval upgrades fast-tracked

Manning Rippers Amateur Football Club president Craig Mulder at the Manning Community Hub Sports Rooms at James Miller Oval. Picture: David Baylis
Manning Rippers Amateur Football Club president Craig Mulder at the Manning Community Hub Sports Rooms at James Miller Oval. Picture: David Baylis

AN amateur football club is fighting for upgrades to Manning Community Hub after the release of a City of South Perth facilities plan.

The City’s communities recreation facilities plan sets a 10 to 15-year guide for upgrades, including to leisure centres and sporting grounds.

It includes a $400,000 allocation per year for six years to upgrade floodlights across George Burnett Oval, Bill Grayden Oval, James Miller Oval and Richardson Park.

Manning Rippers Amateur Football Club president Craig Mulder said he was disappointed this was the only planned upgrade for their facilities at James Miller Oval.

“We’ve actually pushed them and said we’d like to actually see an upgrade to those lights in a much better timeframe than six years,” he said.

Mr Mulder said the club has been requesting better shade, weather protection and floodlights since its move to James Miller Oval in 2017.

“As soon as we moved in and started hosting home games here, it’s just something that we’ve noticed,” he said.

“It’s something we’re not willing to let go and it comes down to safety for us at the end of the day, especially for the kids who use these premises.”

The plan includes replacing or repairing failed components at the Manning Community Centre club rooms, which was labelled as low priority and scheduled for 2032.

The council has decided to defer endorsement of the plan after Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland moved an alternative motion at the May council meeting.

Cr Cridland said he received feedback from community groups and had not had enough time to consider the details.

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