City of Wanneroo to seek $800 from club after installation of electronic scoreboard without permission

The electronic scoreboard at Wanneroo Showground. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476918
The electronic scoreboard at Wanneroo Showground. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476918

CITY of Wanneroo will seek $800 from a football club after the club installed an electronic scoreboard without permission.

According to a December council report, two clubs received $13,000 each from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities program and one had already used its funds to install a scoreboard at Wanneroo Showground.

“As a result, administration was required to engage a structural engineer to inspect and provide retrospective approval of the structure,” the report said.

“This cost ($800) will be passed on to the club.

“The primary concern was ensuring that both the City and the club are adequately protected from a risk and public liability perspective.”

The report said connecting the Wanneroo Showground scoreboard to a power supply was expected to cost about $5000, while installation of the other scoreboard at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex would cost $12,000.

It said the City would use project savings from its passive park elements active reserve master plan to fund the installation and power connections, then seek reimbursement from the clubs’ grants where appropriate.

Elected members unanimously supported the recommendation at their December 5 meeting.

The report also set out a process for future scoreboard installations that requires clubs to notify the City before making grant applications and provide a structural engineer’s plan for their proposals.

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