Westnam United Soccer Club seeks Wanneroo Council support for Koondoola clubrooms goal

Westnam United Soccer Club has about 300 members.
Westnam United Soccer Club has about 300 members.

A SOCCER club with 300 members hopes Wanneroo councillors will grant its wish for clubrooms next Tuesday.

The council is due to consider a report recommending it endorse a concept plan for a sports amenities building at Shelvock Park in Koondoola at the October 16 meeting.

The plan proposed two stages of construction, with change rooms, toilets, kitchen and storage to be built over the next two years, and a 100sqm multipurpose room to be added as a second stage in 2023-24 and 2024-25.

However, Westnam United Soccer Club, which uses the park, has appealed to the council to do the whole building in one stage.

“With the growth of our club and the development and the increase in activities and use from the development, it didn’t make any sense not to include a multipurpose room,” president Peter Le said.

“All large clubs and their facilities include a multipurpose room – we didn’t think adding a multipurpose room would cost that much.

“The general consensus is that there is savings to be made if the multipurpose room was built now together with the rest of the development.

“We have a petition signed by 300 people in support of the development and the multipurpose room.”

Westnam United members play soccer at Shelvock Park.

A report to the council said the first stage of the project would cost $1.4 million, and the multipurpose room could cost about $590,000 if built as a second stage.

At this week’s briefing session, Cr Brett Treby asked what it would cost to include the room in the first stage and was told the City would be looking at $1.6 million as opposed to the $1.9 million total for two stages.

Crs Treby and Domenic Zappa flagged moving an alternative or amendment to the recommendation, to include the multipurpose room in the first stage.

About four decades ago, a group of Vietnamese Australians formed the Westnam club, which now has players from all over the world and is affiliated with Football West.