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Cove Sports and Community Club

Cove Sports and Community Club - New Management

24 January 2019

What is Council doing?

  • Marion Council has terminated the Cove Sports and Community Club's licence and will run the facility for at least the next 12 months.
  • A Special General Council Meeting on 22 January 2019 resolved to serve the Cove Sports and Community Club committee a notice to immediately terminate their licence.
  • Marion Council will manage the site while working towards creating a new independent board with the skills to run the club successfully and drafting a new constitution.
  • The only employee at the club, a facility manager, will be offered a contract to work for the City of Marion

Why is Council making the changes?

  • Council's decision is the culmination of a number of concerns over the running of the club, the latest being the discovery of a significant breach of their licence conditions this month.
  • Council had no choice but to act once we became aware that the club had breached its licence.
  • Council decided to manage the facility to protect ratepayers’ money and secure the future of the club.

What impact will it have on the sporting clubs?

  • The changes can occur without disrupting the day-to-day activities of the six sporting clubs that use the facility.
  • Sporting fixtures, training, venue hire and other activities will continue as normal.
  • Council will offer the sporting clubs a 12-month licence at a peppercorn rent.
  • We are hopeful that once the changes are implemented we will have a better club to serve its members and the community.
  • Council is in constant contact with the clubs to inform them of the changes and how we can support them.

Who owns the site?

  • Council owns the site and previously held a licence with the Cove Sports and Community Club committee, which comprises representatives from the sporting clubs.

Which Clubs operate from the site?

  • Cove Tigers Netball Club
  • Hallett Cove Lightning Netball Club
  • Cove Cricket Club
  • Cove BMX Club
  • Cove Football Club (AFL)
  • Cove FC (soccer)