Turf club to receive upgrade

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
PHTC remedial works are on the cards.
Camera IconPHTC remedial works are on the cards. Credit: Port Hedland Turf Club. Picture: Taylar Amonini.

Town of Port Hedland councillors have voted unanimously to allocate $100,000 in the 2017/18 budget to fund upgrades to several facilities, including the Port Hedland Turf Club, skate park and tennis courts.

Councillors have agreed to adopt the McGregor Street sporting and recreation precinct master plan, which will include an additional $50,000 allocated to essential remedial works at the turf club.

After a short debate at last Wednesday’s council meeting, councillors voted in favour of waiving the fees payable by the PHTC for the 2017 race season — an event fee of $1700 for each race meet or an annual fee of $10,800.

Cr Louise Newbery said it was fair to waive the fees because the club had been struggling with spending just under $12,000 a year on six race meets while having to perform their own maintenance.

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“I do know the turf club has had to spend thousands and thousands of dollars in maintenance, which no other sporting facility in either Port or South Hedland has been required to do off their own cuff,” she said.

PHTC president Darren White said the club was “very keen” for a business plan as an extensive amount of money had been spent on maintenance and services.

“On Ladies’ Day and Cup Day, which are the two biggest days of the year, we employ our own person to do all the recycling,” he said. “Ladies Day costs the club $1800 for two days just on recycling. ”

He said the 50-year-old building was outdated and the facility did not have enough internal toilet facilities.

“The place is basically downtrodden,” he said. “The committee, in their own time, have painted the building, and we’ve paid for it all out of our own pocket. During the boom, we could afford it; the only money we have in the bank as such is from grants held over a period of time.”

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