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South Perth Lawn Tennis Club Grievance

My grievance is to the minister representing the Minister for Housing and is about a funding commitment by the Department of Housing to provide alternative facilities for members of the Canning Lawn Tennis Club, which about two years ago was
displaced from its premises to make way for a very good Department of Housing planned development in Bentley; that is, the Bentley regeneration project around Brownlie Towers.

Members of the tennis club were evicted from their club grounds. They had a valid lease with the City of Canning, but agreed to vacate the premises on certain conditions; namely, that the Department of Housing would fund facilities at South Perth Lawn Tennis Club. The members of the Canning tennis club had been to the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and the South Perth club welcomed them to join it. They joined the South Perth club on
the condition that the Department of Housing would allocate funding—a figure of $850 000 was mentioned—to provide eight new floodlit courts on land at the South Perth Tennis Club and extensions and renovations to the existing clubhouse, because with an extra 50 or so members the clubhouse is fairly small. The department agreed that if South Perth was prepared to take on the homeless tennis club members from nearby Canning, it would
need those extra facilities to accommodate them.

The problem is that was two years ago and on a recent visit to the club I discovered that nothing has happened. I am sure that the minister can understand the frustration of not only South Perth tennis club members, many of whom are my constituents, but also the members of the Canning club, who moved to the new club to make way for a significant development. Members’ main frustration is that there are now not enough courts to accommodate all the players who turn up on Saturdays. When I arrived at the club last Saturday, four or five members were sitting there. I was introduced to them, and they said that they were from Canning and were waiting to get on to a court. If a person is a member of a tennis club and they want to play tennis on a Saturday afternoon—as the Speaker as a tennis player would know—they need to be able to get on a court, but these
people were sitting on the sidelines. I am told it happens not just on Saturdays, but also many people are unable to play night pennants because there are too many teams for the number of courts available. The members told me that the new courts and clubhouse development should have been completed last season, yet there is still no indication of when any work will begin or whether in fact this project will go ahead.
The point made to me was that the cost to the department would have been significantly more if it had had to find a new greenfields site to re-establish the tennis club when it had to move from its site in Canning, but because the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club agreed to take the Canning members into its fold, it saved the
government and the department a lot money. I think they have a far less expensive option.

Do not get me wrong, minister, the members at South Perth are very happy to have the members from Canning in their home; they get on very well. I am the patron of South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and not long ago I went to last season’s trophy presentation, and a number of Canning members featured in those presentations, including for winning tournaments and for playing in finals. Right now, people feel a bit let down. The club has its annual
general meeting on Saturday, which I will attend, and I would like to be able to take to that meeting some positive response from the minister on where this situation sits regarding the eight new courts.

I was told that the first stage of the development would involve site works, the second stage was the laying of the courts and the third stage would be putting in the lights, and the club was happy with that. It was to be done incrementally but right now nothing has happened. It seems totally reasonable that the members of these two clubs should be able to seek an assurance that the required works will be initiated and completed at the earliest
opportunity to allow the club members to enjoy their family-orientated game of tennis. Our government has been very good in the field of sport and recreation by supporting community sporting clubs through the previous Minister for Sport and Recreation, the member for Wagin, and the current minister, the member for Central Wheatbelt. I also understand that there have been complications because the original agreement was with the
City of Canning. Local government boundary changes were proposed, which would have resulted in the City of Canning disappearing, so the tennis club had an agreement with a council that would no longer exist. Everyone thought that the City of Canning would be amalgamated with the combined City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park. I am not sure whether any discussions happened at that stage. However, that amalgamation did not eventuate and now I believe that talks are being conducted with the City of South Perth. This matter landed in the lap of the City of South Perth after many discussions. I believe that the Department of Housing wants an agreement between the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and the City of South Perth to be drafted by a lawyer, but the tennis club does not want to expend the funds to do this without a guarantee that the overall funding will be put in place. It is a community tennis club and it does not have a lot of funds. The City of South Perth is not sure it wants to spend money on a lawyer either because it is not in its forward budget.
In closing, I want an assurance from the minister on the future of this development. Is the $850 000 available, what will the scope of the works be, and does the minister think the club will be compensated in any way for the two-year delay in which it has had to endure a fair bit of hardship in getting people onto its courts?

City of South Perth Project and Initiatives Information Sessions

Have your say or find out more about upcoming City of South Perth projects and initiatives at the following information sessions:

Mill Point Concept Plans
When: 4-6pm, Tuesday 18 August 2015
Where: The Old Mill, Mill Point Road, South Perth

Community Grants
When: 6-7.30pm, Wednesday
19 August 2015
Where: South Perth Library Function Room, Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth.

Local Government Elections – Potential Candidates
When: 6-7.30pm, Wednesday
26 August 2015
Where: Reception Room, City of South Perth, Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth

Contact the City of South Perth on 9474 0777 or visit the City’s website for more information.

2015 Emerging Artist Award

Are you a budding artist? Celebrating its 13th year, the 2015 Emerging Artist Award presented by Brierty is now open for registrations and will close at 5pm, Friday 18 September 2015.

The Award provides upcoming artists and arts students with the opportunity to exhibit their work to the wider South Perth community, as well as a chance to share in $7,000 worth of prizes! Limited to one entry per artist, artworks can be 2D, such as paintings or photography, or 3D, such as sculpture.

For details on how to enter and full terms and conditions, visit the City of South Perth website, contact 9474 0777 or email

Soil Turned at Manning Community Hub

The City of South Perth marked a milestone last Friday when PACT Construction Pty Ltd., together with the City’s Mayor, Council members and CEO, turned the first soil for the construction of the highly anticipated Manning Community Hub facility.

The Manning Community Hub is a multi million dollar project that aims to create a new ‘heart’ for Manning and provide the community with a vibrant, connected and attractive precinct integrating community services and social activities.

The facility will include the relocated Manning Library, a community hall, Manning Child Health Clinic, Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group, a sporting clubroom to house the Manning Rippers Football Club and an early years’ centre that will become the homes of both the Manning Toy Library and a new Manning Playgroup.

Located between Bradshaw Crescent and Conochie Avenue in Manning, the new facility will adjoin James Miller Oval and will be centrally located close to the Welwyn Avenue shops, the Manning Senior Citizens Centre and Manning Primary School.

Construction of the Manning Community Hub Facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Disappointment with South Perth Peninsula Joint Development Assessment

I am most disappointed with the recent decision of the Joint Development Assessment Panel to approve of what I consider an excessive height building on the South Perth peninsula.

I think it is totally inappropriate for a building of 29 storeys to be located on the peninsula at 74 Mill Point Road.

I doubt any South Perth resident, including councillors who agreed to amend the local town planning scheme, envisaged that buildings of this additional height would be allowed under a discretionary power to exceed the prescribed 25 metre, or 8 storey, height limit.

I believe there should be some limit on the extent of the bonus height which may be granted under the discretion provision of the scheme.

It is my hope that for some reason the approved building will not proceed to construction and the City of South Perth moves to amend the town planning scheme to restrict the discretionary power by specifying a reasonable percentage bonus over the prescribed height limit in this part of the peninsula.

I think this is necessary because there is a limit to how much additional traffic can be accommodated on the existing road network which cannot be expanded.

Whilst I am not opposed to the higher buildings which have been approved around the civic triangle and closer to the proposed train station I do believe the peninsula deserves to be protected from this form of development.

McDougal Park Community Kindergarten Opening Day

Last Wednesday I was pleased to attend the Opening Day of the McDougall Park Community Kindergarten.

As the number of community kindergartens operating in Western Australia has been declining in recent years, South Perth are very privileged to have such a fantastic facility with exceptional staff operating within our local area. The Community Kindergarten is celebrating the milestone of 50 years of operation within the local community next year.


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Manning Men’s Shed Unveiling

As inaugural Patron of the Manning Men’s Shed I was pleased to attend and speak at the official opening this week. I have been fortunate to be involved early on in the project that started three years ago as an idea by Hilary Peters, then secretary of the Manning Senior Citizens Centre.

John McGrath with Hilary Peters
John McGrath with Hilary Peters

I am proud to be Patron of a place for men in in my electorate to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment. The Shed will be a place where men can work on meaningful DIY projects, form friendships and get support from other men.

John McGrath with Ross Bedford
John McGrath with Ross Bedford

I congratulate the Manning Senior Citizens Centre and the City of South Perth for working together to see this idea become a reality. I also commend Lotterywest, who provided a grant for the Shed’s construction, and other community organisations in my electorate that generously provided funding and support to the Shed, including the Royal Perth Golf Club, City of South Perth RSL Club, Southcare, IGA Preston Street, Rotary Club of Como, Manning Lions Club and South Perth Lions Club. Como Secondary College also allowed a group of volunteers to use the College facilities to work on small projects including the renovation of donated tools and equipment.

I encourage all men in the electorate to get behind the Manning Men’s Shed.

$25,000 State Government Community Prevention Funding Grant to City of South Perth

I welcome the State Government’s $25,000 Community Crime Prevention Fund grant to the City of South Perth.

The grant will assist in supporting local crime prevention initiatives in the community by upgrading the CCTV cameras around the Karawara Gowrie Centre and the George Burnett Leisure Centre. Grant funds will be used to purchase 10 additional CCTV cameras and pay for their installation.

I congratulate the City of South Perth for being a well-deserved recipient of the funding grant.

This funding will support the City of South Perth and the Kensington Police to further reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour around the Gowrie. Increasing the CCTV coverage will directly benefit around 100 families at the Gowrie, and will provide a safer environment for visitors and surrounding homes.

By working together, the City of South Perth and Kensington Police play a vital role in implementing strategies to aid crime prevention.  Their commitment to crime prevention and the safety of the community is highly valued by the people of South Perth.

I commend the State Government for prioritising the safety of our local community.