Published by Cobram Courier in print and online on November 27, 2013.

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Yarroweyah Football and Netball Club is facing an uncertain future after being locked out of its club rooms, which have been severely damaged by white ants.

Moira Shire Council acting chief executive Peter Bertolus said the Kenny Rd building was closed on Friday after council staff visited the site last week.

Falling apart: Yarroweyah Football Club member Bill Jones finds part of the ceiling at the club rooms collapsing from white ant damage. Picture: Toni Brient.

Falling apart: Yarroweyah Football Club member Bill Jones finds part of the ceiling at the club rooms collapsing from white ant damage. Picture: Toni Brient.

‘‘We are disappointed to advise that site inspections this week confirmed the damage is so severe that the building is now a significant public safety risk and we are required to close the building to public access,’’ Mr Bertolus said.

He said council had been ‘‘battling termite damage’’ in the building for more than two years, undertaking monthly inspections during which the building was sprayed and baited.

Yarroweyah Football and Netball Club life member Bill Jones said the damage was noticed by the club in February, and the club had made numerous appeals to council to have it addressed.

‘‘There was a meeting out here back in February and a councillor was shown the problems,’’ Mr Jones said.

‘‘All we’ve been getting told is they’ve been monitoring the situation and they put bait stations in, but in the meantime this has all been falling down.’’

Club treasurer Garry Jones said the club did not feel the problem was being properly addressed and felt excluded from the process.

‘‘We even had photographs (of the damage) from the members, they took them in (to council) and showed them the damage,’’ he said.

‘‘Nobody paid any great attention to it. So it was being reported but it would get to the council and everything was just being ‘monitored’.’’

Ceiling damage: White ants have eaten through materials in the roof at Yarroweyah Football Club. Picture: Toni Brient.

Ceiling damage: White ants have eaten through materials in the roof at Yarroweyah Football Club. Picture: Toni Brient.

After being locked out of the facilities last week, the club is now without a place to hold meetings or fundraising events.

Seven netball teams and four football sides use the club rooms.

‘‘This is all now taken away,’’ Garry Jones said.

‘‘So really, we’re a club in crisis and we don’t know our future because it’s been taken out of our hands.’’

Mr Bertolus said council was trying to make alternate arrangements for the club.

‘‘The club has made use of the Yarroweyah Hall for pre-season fundraising and club events in previous years and we propose this continues for now,’’ he said.

‘‘Once we have these facilities confirmed, we will begin the process of working with club representatives and the community to understand the medium and longer term needs and how these can be funded and delivered.’’

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AuthorToni Brient