Nedlands to consider releasing report on Westside’s Wolves Hockey Club’s proposed new facilities

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CITY of Nedlands will decide at its October 23 council meeting whether to release a report on the Westside Wolves Hockey Club’s proposal to secure an artificial hockey pitch and clubrooms, for public comment.

At a committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed that ratepayers should have a say on the Community Engagement Plan outlining the Club’s push for new facilities.

Results from consultation would be considered in December.

The club wants new facilities built at Mt Claremont Oval.

Former Olympic hockey player and coach Ric Charlesworth told the committee meeting that for 20 years, Westside Wolves had been exploring the construction prospect.

“About 20 years ago we started to explore the prospect,” he said.

“Having only one quarter of a pitch is not enough so we approached council five years ago but this project, at Mt Claremont oval, is less expensive than the alternatives available in the foreseeable time frame.”

Over the past two years, the Westside Wolves have developed a concept, at their own cost, that would fit on the western side of Mt Claremont Oval.

Councillor Warren Shaw said the recommendation to engage the public with the club’s proposal was a step in the right direction.

“It’s well thought out and yes, their will be costs, but it’s a step in the right direction and a necessary step to take in preparation, going out to consult community, which is a really good thing,” he said.

The issue will be voted on at the council meeting on October 23.