The East Warrnambool Football Netball Club has officially kicked off its bid to save its facilities from being demolished, with 170 signatures gathered so far on a new petition calling for the council to rescind its decision to bulldoze the clubrooms as part of an $11m Reid Oval upgrade.
Community members streamed into the clubrooms on Sunday to show their support and sign the petition.
Club treasurer Julie Scoble said the facilities were an integral part of the club.
"We built these facilities from scratch, we built the fence around Reid Oval, the facilities we have here are perfect as they are," she said.
"Why would they spend more than $300,000 demolishing it? Under the new plan we would half the space we have now, no bar and we'd lose our gym. We wouldn't be able to fit two clubs in here at once. We've been here since 1956, everything in this room has been paid for by the club.
"We want the council to rescind its motion, it's a waste of $7 million in funds that could be put to better use."
Tom Reuel and Grant Scoble have been involved in the club for more than 30 years each and helped build the facilities that stand there today.
Mr Rueuel started at the club in 1986 and helped build the club gym. He said the council's plan didn't make sense because they would not improve the current facilities.
"The facilities should stay the way they are or get better, if there has to be work done it should be to make the club bigger and better, not go backwards," he said.
"Most people have bigger lounge rooms than what they want to do here.
"The council is completely out of touch with what clubs need and what the community wants."
Mr Scoble has been involved with the club since 1989 and lay the concrete for the clubrooms.
It's a home to all of us.Grant Scoble
"Our blood, sweat and tears have gone into this place," Mr Scoble said. "It's totally wrong what they want to do here.
"It's a home for all of us, we cut our teeth here and the council is going to take all of that away."
Ms Scoble said the club was not consulted on the future of its own facilities.
"We are in a David versus Goliath battle right now so we need absolutely everyone who has ever had anything to do with East Warrnambool FNC to start making a lot of noise," Ms Scoble said.
The petition can be found here.
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