Lions’ white elephant stall

A COCKBURN service club has come up with an idea to prevent the Aubin Grove train station car park from turning into a total multi-million white elephant.

The station and 2000-bay car park were opened to much fanfare in April last year after a budget blow-out from $80 million to $125 million, but since then hardly anyone’s been parking there; even on the busiest days there’d be barely a quarter of the bays filled.

So the Atwell Lions Club has applied to run a Sunday trash and treasure to help fill the empty space and earn precious coin to support its community projects. Their application is currently with planning minister Rita Saffioti.

• Atwell Lions Tim Irvine,  Danah and Tim Montague, Tania and Crain Forsyth, Robyn Carter and Tarun Dewan at the deserted Aubin Grove car park. Photo by Steve Grant

Club member and former council candidate Tarun Dewan told the Herald he was appalled at the asset under-utilisation and thinks apart from getting some return from the million-dollar investment, the trash and treasure will help build community.

“Otherwise everyone sits at home in front of their televisions,” he said.

Club president Tania Forsyth says when a local farmers market runs a trash and treasure it’s very popular, while other Lions Club markets around Perth are going well, so they’re sure the demand is there.

The Atwell club is only six years old and has 30 members, but they’re proud that unlike many other non-profits who’ve gone down the dark side by outsourcing fundraising to companies that skim off the bulk, 90 per cent of all donations they receive go directly to community projects.

by STEVE GRANT

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