St Pat's players await their fate

Booted out: St Patrick's Soccer Club are set to be kicked out of their sixth home in 36 years. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Booted out: St Patrick's Soccer Club are set to be kicked out of their sixth home in 36 years. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

MANY questions remain unanswered for St Patrick's Soccer Club, set to be kicked out of Anne Aquilina Reserve.

Labor councillors lost a rescission motion at last week's Blacktown Council meeting to overturn the decision to relocate the club to Bert Saunders Reserve "as soon as practicably possible".

The club's home is set to become a part of an expanded Blacktown International Sportspark.

Independent councillor Russ Dickens changed his vote since the recent decision after meeting with club officials to hear concerns about inadequate facilities at Bert Saunders Reserve.

With three councillors absent, the vote was tied at 6-6.

Liberal mayor Len Robinson had the casting vote and the rescission motion was lost.

Club officials have been working with the council for 18 months to find a new home.

"Council's objective is to look after community sport," secretary Silvana Martignago said.

"We don't know what's happening. We're waiting for the council to come back to us and put a proper plan in place. The council has had since December 17, 2012 to get this right and we're still in limbo."

St Patrick's has the support from rival clubs with a petition containing more than 500 signatures presented to the council last week.

"All we're asking for facilities that are on par with what we have now," Mrs Martignago said.

"We're the only club in Blacktown city that provides canteen facilities for school sports. These schools would travel to Penrith otherwise."

She urged the council to give its decision further consideration and to consult with the club.

"We've been professional and tried to work with the council every step of the way," Mrs Martignago said.

"All we want is a commitment from the council to give us a proper home."

A council spokeswoman was unable to comment on when the club will move to Bert Saunders Reserve and how much it will cost to upgrade facilities at the Doonside venue.

Council staff will meet with the club.

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