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Norths get green light for new clubhouse

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Trent Mais is project manager of the new North Kalgoorlie clubhouse development.
Camera IconTrent Mais is project manager of the new North Kalgoorlie clubhouse development. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

North Kalgoorlie Cricket Club president Andrew Zafer says members will have no problems filling a brand new clubhouse at Wallace Park with historic items reflecting a rich history.

Seventy-six years after the club’s inception, Zafer said he looked forward to joining rival clubs Great Boulder, Hannans and Lake View with its own official headquarters.

After years of planning, Norths’ bid for a new clubhouse — including an air-conditioned function room, storage facilities, kitchen, toilets and a shaded viewing area — was this week signed off on by the city council.

Norths’ A-grade captain-coach Trent Mais has acted as project manager.

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“Being 76 years old, we viewed this (project) as the next step in our journey,” Zafer said.

“And it’s certainly a work in progress (because) we’ve had a few previous cracks at it, but we were never quite happy with the design.

“We hope this will be a facility that our members, along with other sporting groups in the winter months, will really enjoy.”

Zafer said an extensive line of standout players and resounding team success since 1948 lent itself to new facilities.

“We’ve always joked that if we were ever lucky enough to win another flag, we’d bang a nail into a tree at Wallace Park and hang the shield off it,” he said.

“But when you talk about memorabilia, we’ve been fortunate to have had some great players over a long period of time.

“Guys like Ryan Campbell, who is Durham’s current coach and played for WA and Australia, and Paul Taylor who played a season for us before going on to play a Test for England.

“Lots of great people have left a lasting legacy at our club and it will be great to honour them.”

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