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Post by blacky Tue May 11, 2021 1:48 pm

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Post by LukeO9 Tue May 11, 2021 4:39 pm

I noticed a distinct lack of parking spaces.
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Post by aldo russian Tue May 11, 2021 9:17 pm

The mound bar and deck seem to be making way for a shared zone including parking that appears to go right up to the boundary fence. Is that right? Surely not.
Will the Board reflect any concerns expressed by members back to the Council?
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Post by Lee Harradine Wed May 12, 2021 9:42 am

President's Message


President’s Message to Members and Supporters – May 2021

At this early stage in the season it’s great to see membership numbers growing and a strong level of support for the club. Member numbers are up by twenty-six percent over last year, but we are still behind our target of fifteen hundred in total. I encourage you all to speak to friends and family to get behind the club. Membership is a statement of club support and provides many advantages for all participants, so get involved. There’s still a lot of footy to be played this year and there’s nothing more uplifting for the players than winning in front of a huge crowd of loud and loyal Westies members at home or away. We are seeing some really great signs of improvement on the field this season, so make sure you are there as part of our growing member base to enjoy the success.

Financially the club continues to perform well. At the end of April, half way into the financial year, profit is ahead of budget. Our cash position is still very favourable and allows us to plan for further investment in bolstering the sustainability of club activities. Your support of the Westies Bar and Bistro is very much appreciated and certainly goes a long way towards providing much-needed revenue for the club. It’s a great place to catch up for a meal or just a friendly drink at the bar. I can personally recommend the chicken schnitzel – my favourite.

I can’t help thinking about how fortunate we are in South Australia. We are almost back to normal after the pandemic took away most of our social activities for many months. It has been fantastic to see club events reappearing on our calendar, such as the highly successful senior men’s season launch and player auction held in late March, or the home game pre-match functions. The junior membership day held during the school holidays in April was very popular and it was great to see so many youngsters being put through various training drills by the players and coaching staff. There are plenty of events planned for the rest of the year. Please make sure you support them. I particularly want to mention the Hall of Fame and Westonians 50th Anniversary Dinner coming up on 29th of May. This is not to be missed. The venue staff are to be congratulated for the work they put into running all our club events. Our coterie groups, such as the Past Players and Officials, the Westonians and the History Group are much appreciated as well for the energy they invest into making sure that Westies members can always be involved at a social level.

Members will recall that the Patron of our club, the Mayor of the City of West Torrens The Hon. Michael Coxon addressed us at the February Annual General Meeting. The Mayor informed us that the Council was planning to invest $19.8 million over ten years (subject to funding) in the Richmond Oval precinct at Hisense Stadium with a view to opening it up to the greater West Adelaide community. Mayor Coxon explained how the proposed investment would bring more people to Richmond Oval by offering many more recreational activities, thereby adding to and enhancing the vibrancy of the whole precinct. It is envisaged that this will create more opportunity for West Adelaide Football Club to engage with our local community. I’m pleased to let you know that the first stage of the greater plan for further development at Westies is contained in the Preliminary Conceptual Masterplan attached and that Council intends to engage formally with WAFC on the final design brief. In conclusion, work (expected to cost $1.8 million) will commence on stage one at the end of the current footy season. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mayor Coxon and the Council for all the work they have done to get the project to where it is, and for their vision and insight into the precinct improvements that are to come.

As we ponder the future, please don’t forget the West Adelaide Football Club Trust. Officially re-launched this month, it provides a way that all Westies members and supporters can leave bequests and donations to the club in a tax-effective manner. These proceeds go into a future fund which will help to strengthen the club even further in the years ahead. Thanks very much to the several generous benefactors who have already made donations into the fund. If you wish to be involved, please contact the club.

In the meantime …….. go Bloods!!

Murray Forbes

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Post by RODH2 Wed May 12, 2021 10:00 am

Umm, no mention of, y'know, Footy!!? Shocked
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Post by Lee Harradine Wed May 12, 2021 10:28 am

Just a few comments on the oval upgrade.

I commented the following after the AGM:

How this will affect the footy club remains to be seen. It could be great, certainly will be for the precinct, or it could mean the end of Richmond Oval autonomy for West Adelaide. I suspect the former, hopefully.

In any event, the Mayor said it would mean some disruption this season.

I'm sure we'll hear more about this ASAP.




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I don’t think there is reason for any concern.
The Mayor, Michael Coxon, repeated at least 3 times that the precinct would remain “football centric”.
The oval will remain exclusive to our club for all our men & women’s teams during the times we need it for both training & playing commitments.
We can’t stand still & I feel that introducing other sports to the precinct can only benefit our club. This has been on the agenda long before your presidency Lee but financial constraints & other council priorities have meant Richmond Oval had to take a back seat until now.
Let’s all embrace it & look at the positives not the negatives.



The plans are a concern, but not surprising.  There were only 1352 at our game at Prospect last Sunday, the lowest Prospect crowd I can remember.  How many of these were West people?  Take 150 players and officials off that crowd, take off the North majority and we're left with two or three hundred diehards.

It is indicative of the position of SANFL footy in the wider scheme of things.  It is no longer No 1 in town and the Council know this.  Hence Richmond Oval may no longer be under our control.  It will be good for 'business', ie bar, pokies & bistro, but I fear for the use of the ground for football training and women's football, let alone parking for games and the Past Players, Mound Bar and Deck are missing.

It appears that cricket and soccer might be planned to use the ground.

Stand by for a new era, with a much better ground, but much restricted access for football probably.

I am also a little confused by the claim of membership rising by 26%. No doubt this is correct, but if the website figure of 1293 is right, it means last year's membership was only just over a thousand.  Surely that would be a record low.?
Finally, a bit disappointing that the Report barely mentioned football, except to say we should be noting the improvement.

I'm not sure that's the case, unless compared to two wooden spoons, so let's hope for actual improvement.
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Post by TAAARS Wed May 12, 2021 11:03 am

I think the precinct will look good and probably needed due to the falling numbers of spectators SANFL games now get in the shadow of the AFL. I hate it but accept the reality of the situation. Parking is all but gone so my guess so will the parking option available with each years membership. Joint use of the oval...I have no complaints as long as Westies get priority during footy season and there are no white lines all over it such as a soccer pitch when Westies play. Frankly I don't think a footy oval is suitable for games like soccer, rugby, hockey etc as the spectators are too far away from the action. I remember when the Adelaide Rams (remember them)were relocated from Adelaide oval to Hindmarsh for that reason years ago. All in all I can live with it.
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Post by Wolf Pack Wed May 12, 2021 10:11 pm

I think the redevelopment is a great idea. The ground is a bit tired and needs a fresh upgrade.
Not sure why people are concerned about parking. We barely get more than 1500 people to a game.
It’s not difficult to park on the street.
I expect that by the end of the season, we would have won more than 2 games. So that would be an improvement on 2020 and 2019 where we won 2 games in each of those seasons.

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Post by aldo russian Wed May 26, 2021 9:56 am

Did anyone go to the information session on Saturday, or hear how it went?
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