City takes an in­ter­est in sports club

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - So­phie Moore

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.

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