Melbourne have been forced to hastily change their Albury training plans after local council voted that the NRL club could not use the border town’s council-run sporting facilities.
The council held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday night after the arrival of 50 Storm players and staff into Albury, with concerns raised about the potential health risk.
The councillors passed a motion that council facilities, including the home of the local rugby league club, Greenfields Park, should not be made available to the Storm.
With the councillors voting five to four, Melbourne had to source a ground not managed by the council, use a privately owned sports facility or move to a completely new location.
They are expected to move to the Albury Sports Ground, which is the home of the local AFL club, which is privately owned.