THE Chidlow Cats continue to hold onto their nine lives after a successful bid to enter into an informal partnership arrangement with the Shire of Mundaring, effectively saving the club basketball courts from decommission.
The closure of the Chidlow hardcourts was originally proposed to cut costs in the shire’s 2017 Corporate Business Plan.
In September, council resolved not to take action on its original decision and to instead provide an opportunity for the basketball club to present a business case to the shire to take on full responsibility, including costs, for the courts.
The business case was tabled at this month’s meeting with the council deciding to remain responsible for the maintenance of the hardcourts and work together with the club for grant and fundraising opportunities to fund improvements.
Committee member Janette Edwards said the club was now seeking funding and community support to clean out the current building, repair a missing door, fix fencing and make the barbecue area safe.
“In return the Chidlow Cats Basketball Club would like from the Shire agreement to call the facilities the home of the Chidlow Cats, use the building for club purposes, get access to use the lighting and most importantly, have a say on the future use and development of the site.”
“This does not mean that the drive is for it to become only a basketball facility, the Chidlow Cats are reaching out to the Chidlow Netball club to ensure their needs are also met, and would work with any other sporting club in the area to consider their needs.”
Club president Bill Edwards said the club had a long term plan and were serious about improving conditions at the club for future generations.
“We’ve got 100 kids in this basketball club which is quite remarkable when you’ve got little towns like Chidlow, Wooroloo, and Wundowie, these facilities are in high demand,” he said.
“We absolutely need to have them, even though we’re lucky to have the million-dollar facility in the Mundaring Arena, we still need a location to train and teach our kids.”
The club has made a submission for funding to the Federal Government through Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt.
By Claire Ottaviano