Government grants funding to Cleve Sporting Bodies for clubroom redevelopment

GREEN LIGHT: Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson has succeeded in getting funding to rebuild the clubrooms.
GREEN LIGHT: Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson has succeeded in getting funding to rebuild the clubrooms.

Cleve’s storm-damaged clubrooms will finally be rebuilt, after a Cleve Sporting Bodies grant application was approved.

The state government will contribute $630,000 to the $1.5 million project.

The money will come from the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing through the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.

Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson said plans to completely rebuild the rooms were “shovel ready,” as they had been for over a year.

“As soon as the agreement is signed, we’ll start demolishing.”

The town of Cleve has missed out three winter seasons of sport, following storm damage in January 2016.

Since then, Cleve Sporting Bodies has been unsuccessful in two grant applications to completely demolish and rebuild the clubrooms.

Support from the Cleve District Council was instrumental in the Office of Recreation and Sport’s decision.

The council promised Cleve Sporting Bodies $250,000 if they were able to secure enough government funds to afford the project.

Mrs Richardson said it was a “very emotional day” when the grant finally came through.

When winter sport returns, she said the influx of visitors for Thursday trainings and Saturday matches would help local businesses attract more customers.

“You’ll see a bit of vibe back in the community,” she said.

Construction is expected to take around a year, with tentative plans in place to play late finals in the town next season.

Mrs Richardson encouraged the wider community to get involved in the rebuild and said there would be many working bees to demolish the facility.

“It’s for the whole community… everyone is welcome to attend,” she said.

Mrs Richardson thanked the council for its financial contribution, and the Rudall Community Sports Club for accommodating all of Eastern Ranges’ trainings and home games for the past three years.

She also thanked the community for its concern and assistance through the appeal for funding and said she had received enormous support throughout the process.

Mrs Richardson said community members had approached her on the street to offer support, and some had actively assisted in the long list of meetings she had needed to attend to fully fund the project.