Help­ing hand for play­groups

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

PLAY­GROUPS op­er­at­ing across the City of Bel­mont will be given free ac­cess to coun­cil-owned com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in a move to sup­port young fam­i­lies.

Bel­mont coun­cil­lors ap­proved the change last Tues­day as part of their an­nual pol­icy man­ual re­view.

The change was made to en­cour­age more peo­ple to be in­volved with and sup­ported by other par­ents.

“It is great that we can do this for par­ents to get to­gether,” Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi said.

City com­mu­nity and statu­tory ser­vices di­rec­tor Juli­ette Hammah said moth­ers groups and play­groups tended to have a lim­ited times­pan, which made man­ag­ing mem­ber­ship fees prob­lem­atic.

She said the coun­cil pre­vi­ously of­ten waived build­ing hire fees.

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