Our Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse:
Leeming Spartans JCC has benefited and will continue to, with full access to these very impressive facilities. Over time, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club began what was to be a phenomenal and everlasting improvement, as preparations were put in place for a sensational multi-million-dollar clubhouse on the John Connell Reserve that is still the envy of the competition today.
The project entered its feasibility stage in late 1998 following a meeting between the two clubs incorporating the Leeming Sports Association (the Spartans, and Leeming Strikers Soccer Club) and the Melville City Council, with an initial plan to renovate the existing brick clubrooms.
It was then decided that if the nearby Leeming Bowling Club, situated on the same block as the John Connell Reserve, were to join the Leeming Sports Association (the LSA), then the Council would investigate a major construction project to house the three clubs.
As further explained below, this was eventually to become a reality, with Spartan President Brian Waterer the single most influential factor in ensuring the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club gained what would be the best clubhouse in the competition.
After several meetings between the four parties, concept plans were approved and then went to the finance committee of the Melville City Council for approval. Subsequently, the Council allocated $1 million dollars to the project, leaving the LSA to fund a further $1 million through grants and repayable loans to get the project to its next stage.
Brian’s efforts in this project were immeasurable, and when the complex was officially opened in 2003, he was deservedly recognised by all in attendance for his monumental work over the five years.
Such was the success of the project, we continue to utilise the same building in the more than fifteen years since, and it easily accounts for the best in the association and is the envy of many.