‘We have decided to form a steering committee with the Western Knights so we can sort out exactly what they want to do, what needs to be done to the existing building and how we can give dogs access to the Nash Field, to which the club is not opposed,’ Mayor Ron Norris said.
The formation of the committee follows an informal meeting of councillors and council staff last week that continues a two-year debate about the club’s new lease.
WKFC secretary Andrew Zuvela said a lease was vital for the club to apply for Department of Sport and Recreation grants, as its annual field and clubroom maintenance cost about $25,000.
He said the club did not oppose the public and dog owners using the field outside of weekend matches and after-work weekday training, as long as owners cleaned up after their animals.
However, issues of noise and car parking were an ‘ongoing struggle’ faced by all sports clubs in Perth.
The committee will meet in the next fortnight to try to develop potential solutions to issues at the field, with ideas to be possibly presented to councillors at the August meeting.