Footy club stakes claim on liquor sales at Pirie's sport hub

FUNDRAISING: Lions Football Club treasurer Trevor Harmer says the liquor sales are worth thousands of dollars to the club.

FUNDRAISING: Lions Football Club treasurer Trevor Harmer says the liquor sales are worth thousands of dollars to the club.

Lions Football Club wants to retain its right to sell thousands of dollars in liquor during football matches at the revamped Memorial Oval.

The club is wondering about its fundraising activities after Port Pirie Regional Council appointed Belgravia Leisure to run the oval and its function centre. The centre is still being built and the sport hub is due to be finished about December with football to start next season.

Lions have previously been entitled to sell liquor during matches at the oval until about 5pm.

The question remains how Belgravia will be licensed for its sales at the same time and beyond. Lions treasurer Trevor Harmer said the club had no intention of giving up its licence.

“We only have the licence while we play football and that is all we want,” he said.

“What they do upstairs in the function centre after the football, we don’t care.”

But he said “everything is up in the air” regarding the matter.

“Any time there is Spencer Gulf League football we have the licence until footy finishes which is about 5 o’clock,” he said.

“Whether they get a separate licence, I don’t really know because no-one has been in contact with us or told us what is happening.

“All we have been told is there won’t be a decision until after the building is finished. Our operations will be the same as what happened at the oval previously – we will sell liquor out of the canteen.

“The rear of our club will be open. We have a licence for the whole of the oval.

“We have lost a lot of money since the oval has been closed for construction work.”

Council chief executive officer Peter Ackland said his organisation had discussed liquor licensing with sport clubs.

“Belgravia is looking at how liquor licensing laws are able to be operated on the site,” he said. “We don’t have a position one way or another yet … we need to work through that.”

Belgravia hosted an information session at Lions Football Club on Monday.

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