Mornington Football Club treasurer David Smillie outside
the club's council-owned clubrooms at Mornington Park, half
of which they cannot use because of the state of the
interior. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Mornington Football Club is hoping it has already had
a win at the 2014-15 draft annual plan hearings after
councillors ordered the situation with their unusable
council-owned club rooms be addressed.
The council was horrified yesterday to learn the club could
not use most of its clubrooms, which it rented from the
council, because of their state of disrepair, and that the
situation had been the same for several years and nothing had
been done about it.
Club president Richard Kinley told councillors he was, in
fact, again presenting the club's 2012 submission to the
council, as the situation was unchanged.
The concrete block clubrooms at Mornington Park were full of
old, broken toilets and other ''junk'' and the building was
They could not be used as changing rooms or even for storage
because there were holes in the walls and they were not
Also, the club was often not able to use the actual grounds,
as they were not drained, which inevitably turned them into a
''bog fest'', and increasingly forced the club to find other
places for its training and games.
A senior game to played there this weekend, for example,
would likely damage the field so much it would not be able to
be used for junior practice for the rest of the season.
Councillors appeared to be shocked that was the situation,
and asked staff to do something about it.
''I just don't think that's acceptable,'' Mayor Dave Cull
Mr Kinley said he had already been contacted by staff, and
hoped this time it would result in some action.
''We don't expect anything to happen on the field now (all
city sports fields are being reviewed for possible
improvements) - that's not going to happen - but if we can at
least use the changing rooms that would be great.''