'Untrustworthy lot': Local council moves to torpedo Storm's move to Albury

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm arrives at AAMI Park for team meeting ahead of a return to training in the lead up to the NRL's return to play date of May 28th. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne's NRL training camp in Albury has been met with some resistance with the local council holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss the move.

The Storm are due to arrive in the NSW border city on Tuesday afternoon, however, some local councillors have voiced their opposition to hosting the team.

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An extraordinary council meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6pm.

Melbourne are set to stay at least until Friday, using a local public ground for training.

The club said players and staff will be completely isolated from the general community.

The plan has NSW government approval but it doesn't have the support of all councillors, with three taking a stand.

Cr Darren Cameron said he didn't believe the NRL club should be given special exemptions to train and posed a potential health risk.

"In my view council should not be making available sporting facilities while our grassroots clubs of all codes are prohibited from playing," he told The Border Mail.

"I don't understand and I don't appreciate the suggestion that an elite level club should be treated differently to a local club.

"This is a serious matter and must be determined by elected councillors and not staff.

"This is not a simple matter of a sporting club applying to use a ground.

"It is a much bigger issue on matters of public health and safety."

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Albury’s deputy mayor and another councillor took to social media to voice their frustration at the surprise move to send the Storm north to recommence training.

Dr Amanda Cohn, deputy mayor of the border city, said she allowing the NRL club to train in Albury was a double standard.

“I was never asked, but to be clear I do not support the Melbourne Storm being permitted to train in Albury while local community and kids’ sporting groups are not,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We should all have to follow the same rules.”

Councillor David Thurley was another to register his displeasure with the move on Monday evening.

“I certainly do not support the training camp in Albury while our own sporting teams are not allowed to train or play,” he wrote.

“Not allowed to have more than 10 at a funeral but we make exceptions for this untrustworthy lot.

“If it gets up I want 1 breach the whole deal is off.”

With AAP