Securing the future of Litis Stadium

Published: Friday, 15 November 2019 at 3:21:16 PM

The City of Vincent have granted Floreat Athena Football Club a 10 year lease over the Litis Stadium clubrooms and will take responsibility for the remainder of the stadium from October 2020 to benefit the Club and the local community.

“At our November Council Meeting we reached a significant milestone and secured a long-term future for the Club at Litis Stadium while also opening up the stadium for much greater community use,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“As a growing, inner City community we want to make the most of all of our parks, reserves and open spaces. The new tenure arrangements for Litis Stadium will maximise our open space and allow our community to enjoy this historic sporting venue.”

While the Club will have a lease over the clubrooms, adjacent tiered seating and access to the stadium pitch between April – September each year, the City will be assuming responsibility for the stadium pitch and surrounds to maintain the facility and open it up to more users.

The City is proposing to integrate the stadium with adjoining Britannia Reserve by removing the perimeter fencing and will seek expressions of interest from groups, including summer sports clubs, who want to use the stadium.

“We will be calling for Expressions of Interests in the New Year from local clubs and groups who are in need of a sporting ground during the summer months, and can demonstrate the benefit to our Vincent community.”

The City of Vincent will also be working with Floreat Athena Football Club to secure a $3 million Federal Government contribution through the Australian Government Community Development Grants Program.

“We are partnering with Floreat Athena to secure the grant, which will bring benefits for both the Club and everyone who uses Litis Stadium and Britannia Reserve,” said Mayor Cole.

“Floreat Athena Football Club has a rich history at Litis Stadium and foster a love of soccer for all ages, both boys and girls, in our community. Working together we can ensure a bright future for Litis Stadium and allow Floreat Athena to focus on building their Club and the beautiful game.”

Floreat Athena Football Club Secretary Emmanuel Takoniatis celebrated the decision as a significant milestone for the Club.

“In the space of less than 12-months the interim board, specifically the working group which has comprised of Con Poulios, Peter Kapsanis, Costa Economo and Nick Farrell, have generated a lot of positive dialogue and goodwill which shouldn’t be underestimated by any means.

“The Council’s decision will allow the Club to stay focused on developing junior talent and unearth the stars of tomorrow,” he said.

For more information visit vincent.wa.gov.au or call 9273 6000.

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