- A well attended extraodinary general meeting was held today at a Wyong RSL. ALL FOUR RESOLUTIONS WERE PASSED VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUSLY.
Lyle Gorman and Peter Turnbull presented their plan for a Mariners Centre of Excellence to be built at Club Tuggerah. The plan is extremely impressive. It will cover 22 acres of land; 14 acres currently owned by Wyong RSL and another 8 acres gifted to the project by Wyong Shire Council. Wyong Mayor Bob Graham commented during the meeting that Wyong Shire Council intends to fast track all development applications as a project of major significance to the Wyong Shire.
From memory, the development consists of:
- 6 international class football playing fields (including the two existing fields)
- several futsal playing fields
- a new two story building on the self storage/auctions side of Club Tuggerah incorporating:
- 120 accomodation units
- indoor heated swimming pool
- sports science centre
- Mariners FC administration offices
- refurbishing the existing Club Tuggerah building incorporating new outdoor seating areas
- a new, two story building built near the edge of the current Club Tuggerah car park extending toward the fishing club boathouse including:
- club facilities (i.e. bar areas etc) that approximately double the size of the existing club facility. The two areas would be joined by a covered walkway
- multiple conference room and function room facilities
- catering facilities and amenities
- other stuff that I've probably forgotten
The fields will be used by Tuggerah FC, the National Youth League and the W-League sides for training and competition matches. The Mariners and visiting A-League clubs will use the fields for training. Visiting A-league sides would use the accomodation. It was also noted during the meeting that there are expectations for an international football presence at the facility through the Mariners FC's links with various overseas football clubs.
Fellow Marinators, Mariners fans and Australian football fans of all persuasions, this is a HUGE moment in the Mariner's history and a significant moment for the professionalism of the A-League and Australian football in general. I don't know about you, but I'm jumping out of my skin with excitement about this going ahead.
Here are the resolutions that were passed:
a) approve and agree to the formation of Joint Venture between the Club and Central Coast Mariners FC for the purpose of creating the proposed "mariners Centre of Excellence" and securing funding to allow the purchase of certain properties at Wyong.
b) approve and agree to the Board excercising its powers to agree to the Joint Venture and participate in its ongoing management.
c) approve and agree to the renaming of "Club Tuggerah" or such other name incorporating the word "Mariners" as the Joint Venture may decide is appropriate.
d) approve and agree that all land owned by the Club at the Club Tuggerah location that is not necessary for the immediate support and operation of the building currently known as Club Tuggerah is not core property of the Club.