OPPONENTS of a proposed motel for Scully Park have unveiled a shock secret weapon, using Wests’ own constitution to trigger a member vote on the development.
Just days out from an NRL trial match on the historic ground, the Save Our Scully Alliance has presented a list of more than 180 member signatures to Wests chief executive officer Rod Laing, in a bid to force a members’ general meeting.
Both West Tamworth League Club and Wests’ Diggers members will be eligible to vote at the meeting, which must be convened by the club within two months.
Save Our Scully Alliance co-convener Stephen Young said members had a fundamental right to vote on whether they supported Wests’ proposal for a $12 million motel and function centre development on the ground.
“At last November’s annual general meeting, treasurer Max Sharpe said the motel-function centre ‘will go ahead if that’s what the majority of members want’,” Mr Young said.
“The Save Our Scully Alliance has called for this general meeting, which will give the members their first opportunity to vote against the planned elimination of Scully Park.”
As an ordinary resolution, it would require a simple majority of members present at the meeting to succeed.
Wests lodged a development application with Tamworth Regional Council in October which would see the bulldozing of Scully Park start this September.
The club’s board maintains the ground is the only viable site for the motel and vowed to redevelop Scully No. 2 into an even better facility than No. 1.
Mr Laing declined to comment to The Leader, saying the matter was “in the hands of club solicitors”.
Since its beginning in 1957, Scully Park has hosted international league matches, NRL trials, A-League soccer trials and representative rugby union matches.
It is Tamworth and the North West’s premier football field and is regarded as one of the best grounds in country NSW.
Saturday night’s NRL trial between the Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders could be the last big match ever played on Scully Park if the proposed development went ahead, Mr Young said.