Storm to hit Prospect Vale Park

WESTERN Storm TSL football team has been granted training use of Prospect Vale Park under a string of conditions laid by Meander Valley Council.

Meander Valley Council general manager Greg Preece said it appeared members of the group ``treated council with a bit of contempt'' when they failed to request permission to use the grounds.

Mr Preece said a request in October last year was sent, asking which ground the team would use.

``We get nothing, they were not forthcoming, I contacted the president in December last year and asked again for him to get something to us,'' he said.

Mr Preece said it wasn't until he later received an email from Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club vice president Daniel Smedley that he became aware of developing plans.

Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said he had resigned as the patron of Western Storm AFL team.

The council approved allowing the grounds for Western Storm training on the following proviso:

- Approval is granted for the 2014 season only.

- Training is limited to the AFL football oval.

- Existing training times are not exceeded.

- There are no `extra feet' on the ground.

- The arrangement is subject to review at the end of the 2014 season.

- Council reserves the right to assess the ground at any time and close the if necessary for safety or maintenance needs.

- Council make a formal request to AFL Tasmania to join a group to progress funding and establishment of additional sporting facilities in the Prospect Vale area.

- That junior football can be given priority ground usage at all times.

- That the general manager has absolute discretion regarding the use of the AFL football facilities on any given day.


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