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Debt-laden Sturt to share clubrooms

Debt-laden Sturt to share clubrooms

Mon July 16, 2012 3:53pm

STURT Football Club would share its Oxford Tce headquarters under plans being investigated by Unley Council.

Under the proposal, Sturt would lease only a section of the council-owned building, with other community groups then given the option of sub-leasing the remaining rooms.

The proposal, which was unanimously backed by councillors at an Unley committee meeting last week, comes just weeks after a report to Unley Council showed Sturt was behind more than $26,000 in lease payments and match day fees.

Speaking at last week's meeting, Cr Mike Hudson suggested a shared tenancy agreement could be a way to help reduce the Blues' "horrendous debt levels".

"This is not the first time Sturt has been in a financially embarrassing position," Cr Hudson said.

He said the council should look for ways to better use the council-owned "ghost town".

Cr Rufus Salaman, while supporting the move, questioned whether the plan would be viable.

"I believe it would be far better to only have one party involved," Cr Salaman said.

"A co-tenant agreement might make it hard to lease out the remainder of the building."

Sturt Football Club chief executive Matt Benson last week told the Eastern Courier Messenger he supported the proposal.

"The proposal is for us to stay in the administration building, with use of the Cambridge Bar on game days, which is what we're using at the moment," Mr Benson said.

"We see it as an opportunity to save money and are happy to explore new options."

He said the club was working to pay back money owed to the council.

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