Archery club targets new home ground

Pierra WillixSound Telegraph
Rockingham Field Archery members.
Camera IconRockingham Field Archery members. Credit: Supplied.

The Rockingham Field Archers have put the call out for a new home after being evicted from their training ground last month.

The sporting group, which began about a year ago, was evicted from its ground at the old tip site on Patterson Road because of concerns about contamination on the site.

Club president Ian Finch told the Telegraph the club had been given two weeks to vacate their base on the council-owned site, packing up in late December.

However, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said mid-last year, the group had been given a six-month permit to operate at the old tip site, and the permit had been given on the understanding no extension would be provided at the end of that period.

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Mr Sammels said the City had since undertaken investigations to find an alternative site for the group.

“Given the nature of archery as a sport, the City has been unable to find a suitable park or reserve that satisfies the safety requirements needed to host archery,” he said.

Mr Finch said he felt the group had not been given enough assistance to find a new ground, and that efforts to look for alternative locations had so far proved unfruitful.

“We are an up-and-coming club in the community, but we don’t know what is available and really need assistance,” he said.

Mr Sammels said the Baldivis Archery Club already had a lease with the City at a site and that “therefore it is highly recommended that the RFA liaise with the Baldivis Archery Club to come to a suitable arrangement for their operations”.

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