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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by brettc, 23rd May, 2016.

  1. brettc

    brettc Well-Known Member Business Plus Member

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    Labrador Hockey Club, one of the largest junior hockey clubs in Australia that I am heavily involved in needs the help of anyone that can. Below is a petition to save this great club from having everything they have built over 48 years destroyed. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast was meant to be a showcase of the city, and importantly to leave a legacy to the community. Instead it has become an opportunity to tear down the clubhouse and synthetic turf which was built and paid for by club members and the community, in the vicinity of $1 to $1.5 million of assets. The assets will be replaced however Labrador as a club will be left with nothing, and with no compensation, on space we hold a lease over until 2023. From this club we have not only provided a fantastic sporting outlet for children from 5 years of age, to adults well into their 60's, but have also developed many State and National champions. The list is endless.

    I could go on, but I simply ask you to sign the petition below, and share with as many people as you can, thank you. Click here to help save Labrador Hockey Club
     
  2. chindonly

    chindonly Well-Known Member

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    So - why will you be left with nothing, if they are replacing everything? No lease?
     
  3. brettc

    brettc Well-Known Member Business Plus Member

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    No, not the case at all. We have a lease until 2023, but legal advice is that it carries very little weight, if the Council wants to tear it up for what they see as being in the community interest then they pretty much can. Obviously the "community interest" in this case is very much open for debate. In fact we originally held the lease over the entire area and agreed to give up part of our lease so that the Association could establish their own synthetic turf and headquarters some years ago.

    All that said, there has been some promising moves overnight, no doubt helped along by 2,500 physical signatures in two days, and almost 1,000 online signatures.

    Rather than us risking being totally burnt it appears there is some agreement on a compromise, which although far from perfect, will allow us to maintain some control over a turf and club rooms, and continue with our own identity.
     
  4. Phar Lap

    Phar Lap Well-Known Member

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    Signed mate!
    Good luck, hope you guys get the result you need.