Club asks Council for maintenance help

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Claremont Football Club wants the Town of Claremont to permanently contribute up to a third of its annual bill of about $85,000 to maintain the oval.

“To our knowledge we are the only WAFL club in the State that has sole maintenance responsibility for the oval which they call home,” club chief executive Darcy Coffey said.

“Considering it is public open space and freely used for recreation by the 700 or more residents immediately around the ground and those further afield, we requested support from council.”

The council Council set aside $5000 for repairs as part of its 12-month trial of the oval as an off-lead dog exercise area and last week decided to provide an additional $10,000 to maintain the surface this financial year.

A couple and their dog walk across Claremont Oval this afternoon.
Picture : Ian Munro
06/08/2020
                          Claremont FC will get $10,000 from the council to keep the oval clean after it was made a dog walking area. Credit: Ian Munro/Ian Munro

A spokeswoman said the Town recognised members of the public “extensively” used the oval and this had increased since the trial started.

Mr Coffey said the club was rapt with “any contribution” but without an ongoing contribution, it would be forced to shell out the “full $85,000” itself and urged councillors to consider the benefits of having the big club in its area.

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