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Whats the real story Digs?

vvvvA LONG-running leasehold saga between the City of Ballarat and North Ballarat Football Club has reached a compromise.

Both parties announced on Friday they had settled a long-term lease agreement on commercial terms after more than 18 months’ negotiations since the City compulsory acquired Mars Stadium land from the club. The lease is $440,000 per year and includes the North Ballarat Sports Club and change rooms. The length of the lease was not made clear.

City of Ballarat made a $5.5 million takeover bid in February last year when the then-North Ballarat board was in the midst of turmoil and the City was preparing to host its first AFL premiership season game in a redeveloped Mars Stadium. 

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North Ballarat chairman John Nevett said the club was satisfied with the outcome, which secured the long-term future of the growing football-netball club, the sports club members and staff. “When the compulsory acquisition was issued, there was a lot of tension among the board and members about losing their freehold right, was it justified, and there’s a lot of emotion in all that,” Mr Nevett said. “When I came on as chairman I said it was not going to be an easy time, it could take two or three years to maybe settle...We’ve got to a position where everyone can be confident moving forward.”

The ground and parts of the changerooms were already Crown land but the City acquired the remaining precinct, including the gaming and dining rooms and the car park, which were on the freehold title held by the club. A key sticking point was a separate 970-square-metre plot, including parts of the main building and Mars Stadium, covered by a Crown lease to which North Ballarat has secured in 2014 for 21 yearsA LONG-running leasehold saga between the City of Ballarat and North Ballarat Football Club has reached a compromise.

Both parties announced on Friday they had settled a long-term lease agreement on commercial terms after more than 18 months’ negotiations since the City compulsory acquired Mars Stadium land from the club. The lease is $440,000 per year and includes the North Ballarat Sports Club and change rooms. The length of the lease was not made clear.

City of Ballarat made a $5.5 million takeover bid in February last year when the then-North Ballarat board was in the midst of turmoil and the City was preparing to host its first AFL premiership season game in a redeveloped Mars Stadium. 
e main building and Mars Stadium, covered by a Crown lease to which North Ballarat has secured in 2014 for 21 years

In a joint statement, Mr Nevett and Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh said the new lease agreement resolves outstanding concerns. Mr Nevett and Cr McIntosh said both parties had entered a memorandum of understanding to work together to develop community infrastructure in the precinct, including netball, cricket and football.

Mr Nevett said the agreements would have no impact on TAC Cup development program Greater Western Victoria Rebels, who were based at Mars Stadium. He hoped the agreement would serve to improve relations with both the City and Rebels moving forward. Cr McIntosh said there had been lots of complications in the lengthy lease process but it would help to ensure a bright future for health and activity within the community club. She said it was important for North Ballarat to retain its traditional presence at the venue.

Now the lease was set, Cr McIntosh said the City hoped future investment in Mars Stadium, for elite and community sport, would be attractive to all sides of politics leading into the November state election. Meanwhile, Mr Nevett flagged now the lease agreement was settled, it could flag the return of a Victorian Football League club in Ballarat. The Roosters program folded last year. Mr Nevett maintained any potential new VFL club would not be a North Ballarat team.

 

digs

Hi Billy,

The real story is that our great club is now being run by a bunch rednecks that have no respect for the history & tradition & all their aim was to get rid of the Roosters and to get their hands on the MONEY.

Those two objectives have now been achieved & all we have now is great heap of money & nothing else but a heap of poker machines. The people that have worked their arses off over the past 50 to 60 years would be rolling in their graves.

The Ballarat City Council & rate payers now control all the facilities have issued a 25 year lease on the lot to the football club & how that will affect any future VFL team is still to be discussed.

There will be a VFL team that represents the region but how long that will take to establish will hinge on the people who are prepared to take it on board.

The current chairman has stated thet it will not be the North Ballarat Football Club & that is one thing for certain is that this mob are on the nose with everybody in this region & all people involved with footy across the country. They would be lucky to run a chook raffle.

"The fish rots at the head."

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

billythekid

Who has the money Nth Ballarat FC and who owns the social club and the pokies?I cant believe that a powerful club like thr Roosters can just go under like this.

Another thing I note it looks like the Footscray AFL experiment is a complete failure when a paltry crowd of 6000 turns up for an AFL premiership match in a city of over 100,000 and only a litte more than an hour from the western suburbs of Melbourne.

Wally from Will...
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Footscray members refuse to go as they have to pay to get in after already paying for a seasons ticket, plus a 6pm finish means people from Melbourne get home late on a Sunday night, especially if they have school-age kids.

billythekid

Easy fixed start the matches earlier But it is the lack of support from the Ballarat people that is the problem I reckon if the crowds dont improve the AFL will eventually pull the pin.Those matches would pull 20- 25,000 at Docklands.

billythekid

Nt Ballarat were not a very big crowd puller even when they were wining premierships so maybe it just a Ballarat thing.

digs

Billy,

The North Ballarat Football Club now have 5.5 Million dollars from the compulsary acquistion by the City Council.

The 80 odd poker machines are still owned by the football club & nothing else. The facilities , land, gymnasium, oval, parking areas etc belong to the council.The sports club & football operations area are still to be tendered out.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Wally from Will...
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And what a fiasco that would be after spending all that money on the ground to bring it up to AFL standard and then have it sitting empty ....

digs

Wal,

For these games to be successful they must be played early in the season when the weather is much better. The last game up here was played when the temperature was bloody near zero & late on a Sunday afternoon. The AFL people who do the scheduling need to get off their arses & discuss these decisions with the footy going public.

The standard was excellent & the atmosphere first class with many people commenting on how close you are to the action.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Wally from Will...
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Digs, it depends on what Channel 7 request, if they want a game to run into the 6pm Sunday night news then that is what they get. I can understand why Footscray members refuse to go, but you would think locals would be interested enough to rock up, but as you say matches early in the season would be a better idea. But other games the Bulldogs have played there didn't attract much of a crowd either, from memory.