Magpies to air booze concerns

Club not happy with AFL match deal

WANGARATTA Magpies Football Club will voice its concerns about catering arrangements for next month’s AFL NAB Cup match during a meeting with council representatives this morning.

Club president Col McClounan said the meeting with chief executive officer Kelvin Spiller and council administrators had been sought so the Magpies could clarify what they saw as unworkable elements of the arrangements, and to discuss plans for future events at the Showgrounds.

Rural City of Wangaratta council this year conducted an open tender process for the food catering and alcohol catering at the NAB Cup match, whereas in previous years the Magpies and Wangaratta Rovers were given the chance to share the duties and proceeds.

The Magpies, who are based at the Showgrounds, won this year’s tender to provide food catering, while the lucrative alcohol tender was awarded to a joint bid by Ovens and King Football League clubs Tarrawingee and North Wangaratta.

Mr McClounan said the Magpies were concerned about complications involved in the club relinquishing its liquor licence for the day, and also wanted to promote discussion about future proceeds from major events at the venue being channeled into the ground’s infrastructure.

“Long term, the way things are done down there is what needs to be looked at, in terms of how the Showgrounds are used and developed, and how arrangements between all the parties works,” he said.

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