Gymnastics club pleads for upgrade of facilities
FREEZING in winter, boiling in summer, snakes and spiders making unwanted appearances and no running water are just some of the problems the Portland Gymnastics Club is pleading for help to fix at its Yarraman Park headquarters.
On Tuesday night the club made the only submission to the Glenelg Shire Council’s draft 2019-20 budget, which will be finalised on June 25, outlining the many problems it faced at the gymnastics hall.
Nicole McDowell and Melissa Aldridge, who both have daughters who are among the 226 members of the club, related many of the issues to councillors at a meeting on Tuesday night.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” said Ms McDowell of the changing area situation, where the club has to hang up temporary curtains to cater for contestants from around the wider region, with no running water (except for bathroom basins) either and sub-standard toilet facilities (both outside the main hall).
And it was even worse.
“There’s holes in the building, we regularly find snakes, rats, spiders… these are girls as young as three or four that scream when they find a spider.”