Workers goes to the ’dogs

THE Fremantle Workers Club will share premises with the South Fremantle Football Club while a new mega-club HQ is built at Fremantle Park in Ellen Street.

The Workers’ historic Henry Street HQ is on the market, for sale or for lease.

President Don Whittington says at this stage the Workers will shift to Freo Oval October 15.

He acknowledges not everyone is happy with the move, nor with the decision to lease or sell the club’s home, but he says every decision has been made transparently and members have been informed every step of the way.

“It’s not like the situation in 2011 when the committee simply shut the doors,” he told the Herald.

“There’s no fire sale here.”

The mega-club at Fremantle Park will see the Workers share premises with the bowling and tennis clubs. The Portuguese Club and Outback Academy are also indicating interest.

A significant hurdle was overcome Wednesday night when Fremantle council approved funding for a business plan.

GHD architects has drawn up plans, with options ranging from $4.8 million to $8.4 million. The more expensive option includes underground parking, which could generate revenue for the council.

by STEVE GRANT

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