Business Specialist CFP | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser
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.