Club hopes tents don’t mooooove

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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Carey Park President Wayne Stewart monitoring the temporary camp site at Kelly Park.
Camera IconCarey Park President Wayne Stewart monitoring the temporary camp site at Kelly Park.

Carey Park Football Club fears losing its lucrative Groovin’ The Moo “tent city” as Bunbury City Council advertises for expressions of interest.

After a nine-year reign, Panthers president Wayne Stewart hopes the club does not miss the opportunity to host the camp site again, providing accommodation for revellers at the annual Hay Park concert.

“With all of the work we’ve put into hosting the camp site over the years, we will be pretty disappointed if we miss out,” Mr Stewart said.

“It is the club’s major fundraiser for the year, for the last two years we’ve injected about $100,000 back into the club and a chunk of that money has come from hosting the GTM campsite.

“That money has helped us install solar panels, give our club kitchen an upgrade, build a retaining wall and all kinds of bits and pieces along the way.”

Bunbury Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said the club’s contract to host the camp was for five years and was reviewed annually.

“Carey Park Football Club was given a five-year contract to host the camping, this has now expired and therefore we need to go back to the community for expressions of interest,” Cr Miguel said.

“The Groovin’ the Moo festival provides a fantastic opportunity for community groups located in Bunbury to fundraise or offer their services and the city congratulates groups such as the Carey Park Football Club for embracing the event.”

Cr Miguel said expressions of interest closed on Sunday with assessments to take place next Wednesday and an outcome expected to be announced on February 27.

“Given it is a long weekend, an extended period of stay may be possible subject to interest from the applicant,” he said.

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