Esperance council grants Ports a 20-year lease extension

A home game for Ports Football Club against the Gibson Tigers in the 2019 season. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
A home game for Ports Football Club against the Gibson Tigers in the 2019 season. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The future of the Ports Football Club has been assured for the next couple of decades.

The Esperance council approved a 20-year lease extension for the club, subject to Department of Lands' approval, at its November meeting.

The vote was unanimous, with deputy president Cr. Basil Parker moving the motion.

In communications with the shire about the lease renewal, Ports revealed it was looking to do some works to the building, including the toilet areas and the lighting towers.

Development approvals will still need to be applied for before the club does any works onsite.

The previous lease area was only over the club building, but now also includes the perimeter lighting towers surrounding Ports Oval.

The club's senior players had a lackluster season in 2019, placing fourth out of four teams in the League and Reserve divisions.

However, the club's juniors showed a lot of promise, with the Under 16's taking the premiership in a Grand Final defeat of the Gibson Tigers.

Ports is one of only two local clubs to have a women's team, the other being the Esperance Bulldogs.