The East Warrnambool Football Netball Club has called on community members to get behind its bid to save its facilities.
The club was delivered a bombshell when it discovered its Reid Oval clubrooms would be demolished in a concept plan for an $11m upgrade approved by the council.
"We're calling for people to come and view our existing facilities and the plans council has adopted to demolish them," club treasurer Julie Scoble said.
She said the club would be opened from 1.30pm to 4pm on Sunday and people interested in helping to save the club would be urged to sign a petition urging the council to rescind its motion to demolish the clubrooms.
Mrs Scoble said the club had been shocked to discover the single-storey plan had been adopted, as a previous double-storey plan did not include plans to demolish the facility. "The way it's all occurred was very rushed through," she said.
"It's very odd because we were told nothing would happen until March."
In addition to that, Mrs Scoble said the plan did not meet AFL Victoria's state level guidelines. This is something Member for Wannon Dan Tehan wants to see rectified. He said he had encouraged Warrnambool City Council mayor Tony Herbert to have discussions with the Colac Otway Shire about the measures it put in place at Central Reserve to attract an AFL practice match.
"I took the opportunity to ask the mayor of Warrnambool City Council to speak with the chief executive officer of Colac Otway Shire to see whether the $11 million can be better targeted to allow the Reid Oval to host AFL practice matches," Mr Tehan said.
"Obviously Colac Otway was able to do it for their ground and hopefully by learning some lessons we may be able to host AFL practice matches."
Mr Tehan said while he had not been involved in helping to develop the concept plans, he had been of the understanding that it would be a facility that would meet state level guidelines.
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