Knights loan refused

‘Council is not in a position to borrow the funds and if it were considered to come from the budget it would require a 5.8 per cent rate increase on its own,’ council staff said in a report at last week’s meeting.

The club wanted the council as an equal co-contributor with the State Government for the estimated $1.3 million cost to enlarge its clubrooms, provide disabled access, a canteen and modernise the roof and ceiling.

But council staff said the club’s previous funding application to the State Government showed an inability to demonstrate the clubhouse was a multi-use facility.

Councillors subsequently agreed the Town’s 2014-15 budget should include $65,000 for disabled toilets and ramps that could be used whether or not a new request from the club for more funds was approved by the government.

Knights secretary Andrew Zulvela said while the council’s refusal was disappointing and the club would now have to reconsider its funding options, there was no indication the club was not wanted at Nash Field because the council had recently provided a draft lease with favourable terms for the 400-odd soccer players.

Mr Zulvela said the State Premier, Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett, indicated the clubhouse deserved larger improvements than the $1.2 million project when he visited two weeks ago.

‘Mr Barnett was in some ways non-committal about funding, but he did say he would contact the Town of Mosman Park about the level of funding provided by the council,’ Mr Zulvela said.