Sporting Rovers have described Whitlam Park as 'appalling'

Not happy: Sporting Rovers haven't been able to use the changerooms at Whitlam Park No.3 and No.4 due to broken benches, broken shower heads, mouldy and dirty floors and insect infestation.
Not happy: Sporting Rovers haven't been able to use the changerooms at Whitlam Park No.3 and No.4 due to broken benches, broken shower heads, mouldy and dirty floors and insect infestation.

Sporting Rovers president Kevin George said it is a "joke" Liverpool Council have charged the football club more than $3000 to use Whitlam Park no.3 and 4 which he described was in "appalling" condition.

The club, which operates 10 teams, was relocated to the ground from Whitlam Park No.2 and say they have been waiting since March for repairs to the Busby ground which only arrived last week.

They have been unable to use the changerooms and referee room due to broken benches and shower heads, mouldy and dirty floors, insect infestation and broken equipment from previous tenants.

The male and female toilets have been out of action due to vandalism, broken toilets, rusted pipes and toilets, rusted sinks, graffiti and broken ceiling tiles.

"We are a club trying to provide the best possible facilities for our members, volunteers and players and it seems as though we have been ignored for far too long," George said.

"Our patience has run out being that we are now past half way through the season.

"With no changerooms it means all players, men, women and children have to get changed outdoors which has been a big concern from the beginning on the season."

Liverpool council chief executive Kiersten Fishburn said council began repair work to broken toilets and basins in the amenities block as soon as it was made aware of the damage which they say occurred in late May after being left unlocked by users of the building.

"Council is also upgrading security doors to the toilets and change rooms," she said.

"Once these works are complete, council will repair the damaged benches, fix the toilet block roof and paint the building.

"Council is investigating reports of insect infestations at Whitlam Park."

George questioned council's timeline of events saying they made their complaint in April and have been dealing with complaints from other teams for the entire season.

"They came and fixed the toilets but there is still a hole in the roof so we couldn't use them on the weekend because it was raining," he said.

"There is also a canteen facility on field four that has been neglected by council just like the rest of our facilities. It is only because we do not use that canteen that we have not made any issue of it."