WONTHAGGI Boxing Club is keen to move into the old Wonthaggi CFA headquarters, currently vandalised and littered with rubbish from squatters.
But none of that matters to the passionate team of boxers, all willing to do their part to repair and maintain the disused building.
“It’s just empty, but squatters have been in it so they’ve done a fair bit of damage,” said Wonthaggi Boxing Club coach Steven Dunn.
“The idea is that we have a lot of tradies and people who train here who would put in the labour, because unfortunately vandals who got into the premises broke a lot of plaster and knocked things around.
“So we could go in and paint and fix things up and then we would hope to get it for a long-term fixed lease at a reasonably cheap price.”
The Wonthaggi Boxing Club has recently spoken to Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor Cr Pam Rothfield, councillors and the chief executive about moving into the old CFA building.
Leading light of Wonthaggi Boxing Club, Scott Williamson, has already invested between $20,000 and $30,000 of his own money into the club, Mr Dunn told councillors.
And the effort is already bearing fruit with several of the club’s boxes excelling in their chosen sport.
One of them is Charles Joma, who began boxing at 14 and soon became a regular at the club, on his way to a state title.
He says the boxes would benefit from their own headquarters because it would mean more room for intensive workouts and training sessions.
The cost to council for the club to move to the old CFA building would be small, with Mr Dunn only asking that they remove asbestos, if there is any, before repairs can start.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said council is yet to determine a use for the old CFA building and will receive a discussion paper regarding options in the coming months.
“The Wonthaggi Boxing Club’s presentation was really well received by council,” she said last week.
“We all thought it was great and we applaud the dedication and support the club provides the local community, especially our youth.
“This council is committed to our youth and improving recreational opportunities for young people and we look forward to receiving the discussion paper.”