Gwelup Croatia Soccer Club wins grandstand battle, residents disappointed


Jure Denona, president of Gwelup Croatia Soccer Club.
Jure Denona, president of Gwelup Croatia Soccer Club.

A CONTROVERSIAL 90m grandstand at Gwelup Croatia Soccer Club was approved by the City of Stirling last week.

The approval was subject to several conditions to restrict noise and access in a residential area.

Residents were disappointed at the outcome and said the planned members’ bar and grandstand structure would affect their peace and quiet.

Councillor Samantha Jenkinson said conditions included the need for club functions to end at 9pm on weeknights and 10pm on weekends.

“As highlighted, the club has been there for many years, since 1981,” she said.

“This was compliant on every aspect except two – one being a carpark shortfall and the other a height variation of about 7cm, all of which have been amended.

“Extra trees will also be planted to ensure a buffer zone and protect the visual amenity of residents and also act as a deterrent to people who are coming to the back of the building.”

Gwelup Croatia Soccer Club president Jure Denona said the club needed a grandstand to qualify for the National Premier League (NPL).

“According to Football West regulations, if you end up in the NPL,which is the top league, you need a grandstand for 250 people,” he told the Times in June.

Pamela and John Mann, who live behind the planned development, said it would be difficult for the council to police the restrictions.

“We, as residents, are going to have to be hounding the rangers,” Ms Mann said.

Resident Sharon Dennert said she was disappointed with the outcome and had seen anti-social behaviour related to the club.

“I’m disappointed the council didn’t take into consideration our enjoyment of our living space,” she said. “I’ve had noise problems in the past; I’ve had issues with people trying to jump over my fence and people knocking on my door quite inebriated.

“I’m happy with the provisions; I think if it is to go ahead it’s better in the format it is now than the original.

“But I’m still incredibly disappointed that the council has not taken into consideration the residents who have to live there 24 hours a day, seven says a week, compared to a soccer club that uses the facility for three to four hours a day.”

Cr Andrew Guilfoyle said the council investigated the issues and the grandstand was a good asset to the club.

Cr Terry Tyzack expressed his opposition to the approval, saying it would affect the amenity of the residents.