Coun­cil money vi­tal for strug­gling sports club

South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT BUDGET -

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.

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

FU­TURE DEVEL­OP­MENT: Mur­gon Mus­tangs pres­i­dent Ricky Col­lard has big plans for the sports grounds.

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