At its September Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to reduce the charges to sporting facility user groups by 50 per cent for the 2020/21 financial year.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said Council had received several requests from sporting facility user groups seeking a reduction in fees as COVD-19 impacted their clubs ability to run events, thus reducing their capacity to raise funds to pay the fees.
“LPSC acknowledges the importance of sport and recreation to the community and, as such during normal times, user fees are determined on a 30 per cent cost recovery basis with Council providing a significant subsidy to assist the user groups, many of which are organised and run by volunteers. The reduction for the rest of this financial year reduces that cost recovery to fifteen percent,” he said.
“It is important that everything possible is done to assist these organisations to make it through the pandemic, so they continue to operate where possible now and into the future. No club has sought a total waiving of the fees, acknowledging that Council still incurs costs to maintain and operate these facilities even with lower usage,” he continued.
“It is Council policy and part of the Community Strategic Plan to support local groups, including sporting, youth and recreational organisations. Community interest in sport and recreation was evident as Council developed the LP Recreation Strategy.
“Council is now embarking on the biggest investment in its history towards sport and recreation. Funding has been secured to the value of $3,117,950 to commence implementation of the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects as well as funding from other sources for further developments at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek and recreation grounds in our smaller communities. There are exciting times ahead for sport and recreation in the Liverpool Plains Shire,” he concluded.