• JON WOLFE

Good news for Liverpool Plains sporting group

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has resolved to reduce the charges to sporting facility user groups by 50 per cent for the 2020/21 financial year.

Mayor Doug Hawkins said council had received several requests from sporting 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.

Cr Hawkins said council 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’s 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.