Hockey club lease endorsed

As part of the agreement, the club will lease the clubroom, synthetic hockey pitch and associated floodlighting while the City will manage the grass hockey pitches, associated floodlighting and carpark.

In line with the City’s recently adopted property management framework, the club as a not-for-profit community group will pay 0.1 per cent of the capital cost of the part of the facility it is leasing, which will be about $4301 per year.

The club will be able to generate income through bar takings and hiring the clubroom and synthetic pitch to other users but will need to hire the grass pitches from the City when needed.

The club will also be responsible for replacing the synthetic hockey pitch surface.

The lease is for 10 years with two options to extend for up to five years.

A market rental review will be undertaken after 10 years and annual financial reviews will be conducted of the club including hire fees being charged to other users.

The City will have naming rights of the facilities.

‘The Whitford Hockey club supports this management approach and has provided financial projections for this model that demonstrate it would be sustainable and will allow them to continue to grow as a club,’ a council document said.