MINUTES OF THE PRATTEN PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD ON LEVEL 6, CIVIC CENTRE, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON THURSDAY 3 JULY 2014, COMMENCING AT 5:30 PM.
PRESENT Councillor Drury in the Chair,
Mr Allen Roberts representing Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Assoc Ltd
Mr John Hardgrove representing Western Suburbs District Cricket Club
Mr Rick Wayde representing Western Suburbs District Cricket Club & Wests Ashfield Leagues
Mr Mark Leask representing Canterbury District Soccer Football Assoc
Mr Gordon Latham representing Pratten Park Bowling Club
Mr John Bowdler Pratten Park Bowling Club
Mr Ray McMasters Acting Director Works & Infrastructure
Mr Harry Diversi Acting Co-Ordinator Park & Trees
Ms Carolyn Walker Executive Assistant
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOCAL ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY
"Let us acknowledge that we are meeting on country for which the members and elders of the local Aboriginal community have been custodians for many centuries, and on which Aboriginal people have performed age old ceremonies. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region."
Mr Peter Kapocius Co-Ordinator Parks & Gardens
Ms Anthia Hart Community Development Worker
Ms Ann O’Connell Ashfield & District Historical Society
Mr David Gilbert representing Western Suburbs District Cricket
Ms Anne Shields representing Summer Hill Cricket Club
Mr Joe Kuchappan representing Canterbury District Soccer Football
DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
Councillor Drury declared an interest as he is a member of the Pratten Park Bowling Club, Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association Limited and Ashfield & District Historical Society.
Councillor Lofts declared an interest as he is a member of the Pratten Park Bowling Club and the Ashfield & District Historical Society.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
That the minutes of the Pratten Park Advisory Meeting held on 6 March 2014 be confirmed.
Ongoing maintenance to repair rising damp. Ashfield & District Historical Society has been relocated for the duration of the work. Artist in Residence program will re-commence in three months.
Internet connection for the Ashfield & District Historical Society to be provided with the existing telephone lines.
Lighting entry into the Tennis Club to be improved.
Repairs to the brick wall southern side of the of Pratten Park has been stabilised.
Upgrade shade cloth in the playground.
Fence behind the bowling club.
Practice wickets lighting.
Turnstile providing storage area for cricket to be sealed against the weather.
Councillor Drury moved a vote of thanks to the members of the Committee for their input in highlighting the maintenance issues and Ray for his work.
Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association
Holding a membership drive with information sessions at Summer Hill Shopping Centre and Balmain Shopping Centre.
Moving to upgrade the website.
Courts are in great conditions thanks to the work of Green Options
Meeting has been held West’s Ashfield Leagues regarding a sponsorship proposal.
Western Suburbs District Cricket Club
Installation of lights contract signed.
Regular meetings are held with Canterbury District Soccer Football Association and Council officers working together.
Maintenance contract is still to be finalised.
Resolved: That the tender document be brought to the next meeting. Moved John Hardgrove seconded Mark Leask
Erection of Signs – Park at your own risk.
Old mower – blue tractor roller needs to be removed.
Eastern side of Pratten Park not drained.
Pratten Park Bowling Club
New constitution in progress.
Looking to attract more bowlers.
Covering Toohey’s sign at front of the club.
Saturday Nights successful
Connection to irrigation system is ready to commence, Council will assist in this process.
Council working with the club for extension of lease going well.
Summer Hill Cricket
Need to use the park on Wednesday and Fridays. Fridays are not available due to Cricket practice.
It was suggested that other grounds may be suggested such as Centenary Park or Ashfield Park. Ray to look into the availability of those grounds.
Canterbury District Soccer Football Association
Enrolments are around 13,500 to 15,000 and going well.
Season finishes end of August.
Plan of Management – Parking
The provision of steps from the playground would allow parking in the car park and access via the bowling club to the soccer offices and the park.
Tennis Club members mostly park in Rose Street.
The closure of the gates at 10pm restricts the use of the facilities.
PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6.45PM
Chairperson of the meeting of Pratten Park Advisory Committee
when the Minutes were confirmed