City takes an interest in sports club
SERIOUS financial problems at the Belmont Sports and Recreation Club have sent it cap in hand to the City of Belmont.
Following the formal election of a new management committee on December 4, the club has asked the City to fund the role of acting manager until it recruits someone permanently.
The club had requested a oneoff grant of $25,000, divided into five monthly payments of $5000.
But City officers recommended Belmont Council approve an interest-free loan instead and defer repayments for a maximum of 12 months. Council will vote on the decision when it meets tonight.
BSRC received a lump sum of $27,500 on December 2 last year.
City of Belmont acting chief executive Ric Lutey said the payment “related to financial assistance to the BSRC for one of the recently elected management committee members to undertake a role as temporary manager during a review period; and prior to the appointment of a new manager”.
He said funding was likely to continue until a permanent manager was found.
Acting manager Jenny Davis took up the role in November 2016.
She said the club was a vital part of the community because it allowed local and non-local clubs a place to call home.
Mr Lutey agreed and said the sports club provided a focal point for the Belmont community.
“The only financial support provided to the BSRC on an ongoing basis has been by way of a peppercorn lease for the facility,” he said.
“The City provides funding support in a variety of ways to numerous clubs and other organisations in Belmont which provide support and facilities to the community.”
“Most of these organisations are not related parties to the City and operate totally independent activities.”
Ms Davis said she expected a report on the club’s finances to be delivered next month.
Belmont Sport and Recreation Club needs the City’s help.