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Parkland petanquers still piste off.

June 30, 2015

Adelaide City Council is anxious, it claims, to increase public patronage of its parklands.

So what better way NOT to boost usage of the green belt than by upping the rent for the Adelaide Club de petanque (see my  December 14th post about petanque)… one of the area’s  most colourful and enduring  attractions …from $200 in 2011/12 to more than $2,000 in the current financial year.

Despite protestations from Greenhill Road’s French bowls club, which has been on the site for more than 20 years,, the ACC continues to make life  more and more difficult for an organisation which actively encourages regular use of  its piste (playing area) in the southern parklands. A club which has spread the name of Adelaide in Asia and Europe through self-funded  participation in international competitions. Which has hosted the Australian championships. petanque playerWhich has spawned other clubs around South Australia. Which provides (for free) volunteer instructors and  a training venue for schools and businesses. And which has borne the cost of major upgrading of the building’s interior.

Why all the above from Grumpy?

Because I have to confess that I have been a member of the club almost from day one of its beginning back in the Eighties. And, though it’s unlikely to fold, thanks to its dedicated band of volunteers, life is getting tres difficile.

That’s unfair on a body which has spawned almost a dozen clubs throughout the State. And, I think, counter-productive to the ACC’s worthwhile ambitions for increased parkland  patronage.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ian S permalink
    July 3, 2015 8:12 am

    Gee, I do see a very real similarity between the Petanque club and Unley Council’s very own rejection of the Forestville Hockey Club. Double standards at work here?


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