Sport complex future

SPORTS CENTRE PLAN: Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson said the group planned the new facility as part of a generational plan.
SPORTS CENTRE PLAN: Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson said the group planned the new facility as part of a generational plan.

The Cleve Sporting Bodies (CSB) made a presentation at Tuesday’s Cleve District Council meeting in a bid to gain funding to help with the building of a new multi-function community sports centre.

The original facility was damaged in January, 2016 when a storm hit Cleve, causing extensive structural damage and water damage.

Since then, the centre has been out of use, with the Eastern Ranges football and netball clubs using the Rudall Community Sports Club as their home ground instead.

Basketball teams and the tennis association are using the catering shed and shelter sheds as their clubrooms, while the cricket team is operating out of the football coaches box.

The plan for the new facility is to have a single story, with a large main activity area, with an industrial kitchen, that will be able to cater for 180 to 250 people, with windows for viewing sports on both the oval and courts.

The project is set to cost $1.446 million, with the Cleve Sporting Bodies set to contribute $400,000 cash, which includes $292,000 from the insurance, plus in-kind work from volunteer groups for work up to $56,000.

The organisation has also lined up grants from the Australian Football League and the Office of Recreation and Sport, however these grants are reliant on the council making a significant contribution as it is the owner of the land.

There will also be a community funding appeal through the Australian Sport Foundation to raise at least another $30,000.

The Cleve Sporting Bodies is looking for the council to contribute $250,000 toward their generational plan, set to last 50 years.

Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson said the organisation would continue fundraising through the community and would look into loans.

“We have been doing a lot of fundraising, especially through catering, and have planned other fundraisers, such as an auction dinner in March, 2018, and a Colour Run later this year,” Mrs Richardson said.

“We are willing to loan money, if it is a requirement.”