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Oval fencing on Monday agenda.

August 22, 2014

It’s crunch time in the  great Footy Fence farce  on Monday, when Unley Council debates the bid by Sturt Football Club to establish a  permanent barrier around what they see as  THEIR oval playing area.

Meanwhile, a detailed analysis of the public’s response to the consultation process shows that  the initial figures included respondents from as way as the Northern Territory, the ACT and, a tad closer to home, Yankalilla!  Remove them from the equation (why should far-flung outsiders influence a local decision?) and the “For” figure was halved. On the other hand only a small percentage of “anti-fencers”did not live locally.

The meeting starts at 7.p.m. at the Civic Centre. Something tells me that seating will be at a premium.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Grumpier than Ever permalink
    August 22, 2014 2:04 pm

    I do hope that the very valid point is made that the money saved from not having to erect a perimeter fence ten times a year (about $45,000 per annum) could be used to further enhance the excellent Australian Rules programmes conducted by the SFC for the multitude of children, many of whom are the siblings of Unley City Council ratepayers, including, no doubt, Mike, many of your constituents. I’d hate to think, that you were openly promoting a “ME” policy of selfishness, Mike. Or, are the children of these ratepayers, not worthy of equal representation and balance in your argument?


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      August 22, 2014 4:36 pm

      The so-called reasons for a return to the bad old days, when SFC hijacked the oval and monopolised it for their own use, get wilder and wilder.
      This proposal has its basis on the “facts” that Unley Council has somehow driven the SFC to its present precarious financial state..Sorry, but the massive money monkey on your back is entirely of your own making. A failed venture at the Castle Plaza is just one of them. And it is the poor old ratepayer who is having to foot the huge refurbishment bill for upgrading “Jacks” when, if the tenants had been responsible, they would have abided by their rental agreement.
      I have supported a number of bail-out items for Sturt, but there comes a time when the public wallet is empty.
      Please don’t forget that in the 2012-13 annual report, your own auditors expressed amazement that the club was still operating, given its debt burden. The money saved, you say, would be used to enhance the AR programmes. Given the past string of broken promises, I have VERY grave doubts…


  2. Ainsley permalink
    August 22, 2014 3:42 pm

    any profits to Sturt FC should be used to pay off debts


  3. Ian permalink
    August 23, 2014 10:37 am

    Maybe it’s about time that the more financial AFL did two things: assisted clubs financially in the short term and assisted clubs with the skill necessary to be financially responsible. Other sporting club and codes around the nation manage to survive on a pittance compared to the ‘major’ sports. First thing to note is that they are run by volunteers and secondly they have to work DAMN HARD for what little money they have.

    Players aren’t paid and coaches are barely paid. Some clubs aren’t even a bourdon on the council due to the fact that they PAY to use the idle school facilities after hours.

    If SFC want to do something useful they should be considering the installation of fence post sockets/mounts and purchasing quick mount fence panels that they require. The VOLUNTEERS could then set up the fence easily and tear it down at the end of each game. $45k may even cover the one off cost with minimal ongoing costs for maintenance.

    SFC need to pull their finger out and think laterally and frugally for a change rather than being a constant drain on the public purse.


  4. Anonymous permalink
    August 25, 2014 3:57 pm

    Tonight’s council meeting will be very interesting. However, I would like to point out that in Councillor Jennie’s post, she have said that from the consultation of the picket fence around Unley Oval, ‘Of the remainder a slim majority favour a fence. ‘ However, I have noticed on your blog, it mentions that ‘the “For” figure was halved.’ I want to know which of this is true and correct. I want the outcome tonight to be a reflection of the result of the consultation. Otherwise, why waste our time and the time of the council workers collaborating this information?


    • Meanwhile, I think you mean "collation" of the survey. rather than collaboration"cllrmikehudson permalink*
      August 25, 2014 5:13 pm

      It is a common misconception that a consultation is a vote. It isn’t. It is a means of establishing OPINIONS on which Councillors can make a considered decision. At this stage I have no sure expectation of the vote, or whether in fact there will be one. In the event of the vote being tied, then protocol is that the status quo is maintained. Given the provocative comments made before the matter went out to “consultation” there could be serious repercussions if the casting vote is in favour of the fence..
      In the meantime the grounds for the “yes” vote do little to support the SFC’s claims that the rationale for a picket fence are necessary on the basis of safety or heritage. It’s merely a matter of finance.
      As an aside, and being pedantic, I think there is an interesting Freudian slip in the last sentence of your comment.
      Shouldn’t it be “collation” of the opinions? Collaboration has a whiff of misdoings. AND OF COURSE WE COULDN’T POSSIBLY ALLOW THAT, COULD WE???


  5. ABetterUnleyOvalForAll permalink
    August 25, 2014 9:36 pm

    When will know the result, Mike ????


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      August 25, 2014 9:48 pm

      Eight to four in favour of the fence.


  6. ABetterUnleyOvalForAll permalink
    August 25, 2014 9:51 pm

    So sanity prevails. And the residents will have an unaltered use our great public space. Enjoyed the debate. Keep well.


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