Council money vital for struggling sports club
COMMUNITY groups will breathe easier after the South Burnett Regional Council delivered $327,000 in “vital” funding despite pressure to cut funding under a tight budget.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the council had “withstood the pressure” to reduce grants and rates rebates to support community organisations in the region.
“These concessions will continue in 2014/15 due to the commitment and desire of the six councillors I address today (Friday) who are the community’s best advocates,” he said.
The Murgon sports reserve received $12,642 from the budget in rates reductions.
Murgon Mustangs president Ricky Collard said the council’s support for community groups was vital because of high running costs and dwindling community support.
“Without that money (from the council) we wouldn’t be able to run our clubs,” Mr Collard said.
“There is a huge cost in just mowing the lawn and watering the grass.”
Mr Collard said the Mustangs were hoping to raise $15,000 in three busy weekends ahead to go towards the cost of replacing uniforms.
“Every third year we completely replace the jerseys and that can cost $20,000-$25,000,” he said.
As well as rates rebates the council is providing $72,950 to community groups for events and insurance.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT: Murgon Mustangs president Ricky Collard has big plans for the sports grounds.