Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser

How many raffle tickets need to be sold?

That is the question for grassroots football if or when the Eagles and the Dockers agree to play football at Burswood.

An exclusive article written by Joe Spagnolo of the Sunday Times indicated that the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) collects $15million in revenue from Subiaco Oval and it gets to keep most of it.

Subiaco Council has a very generous lease agreement with WAFC to operate the Subiaco Oval and it has many years to go.  The oval is “cheap” to maintain and could be improved without a $billion dollar price tag.

If the Eagles and the Dockers agree to play football at the Burswood Stadium, and they haven’t done so yet, the WAPC’s revenue could fall from $15 million to just $3million.  That’s a massive drop in revenue by $12million per year over the term of the lease which has 78 years to run – $936million plus inflation.

So will the state government guarantee $936million payable to grassroots football over the next 78 years?  Its finances are in bad shape.

How many raffle tickets will the various WA footy clubs need to sell to make up the difference?  Divide $10 into $936million for the answer.

How will Eagles and Dockers pay for their new training grounds at Lathlain and Cockburn?  The two clubs get approx. 70% of the gate takings from Subi Oval.

If the answers aren’t satisfactory, Eagles and Dockers members, all 80,000 of them could lobby their respective clubs to refuse to play at Burswood until the money is guaranteed.

Subiaco Council would welcome support to keep football played at Subiaco Oval for the remaining 78 year lease.

What do you say Eagles and Dockers members?  There is still time to keep football at Subiaco.

How many WAFL raffle tickets need to be sold?

How many WAFL raffle tickets need to be sold?

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One comment on “How many raffle tickets need to be sold?

  1. Colmery
    August 20, 2014

    All this seems pretty well spot on, however, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it was Subiaco Council that was once leading the fight against football – all those people invading the suburb and making parking hard to find.

    Wisdom in politics is hard to arrange – impossible if no effort is put into making the system work for the people rather than for the participants.

    The biggest threat to politics is from disengagement and during good times that’s a hard sell. Reform of local government is needed mostly because we are in the middle of an epidemic of disengagement. Barnett is exploiting disengagement. The more honourable, and ultimately more effective path is to explain it.

    The key is humility. Serve the people first and the rest follows easily… well not easily, but eventually.

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