Council may save Falcons
A LOCAL council may take the unusual step of keeping an women’s football team afloat.
City of Darebin councillors will next week vote whether to give up to $300,000 of ratepayer funds to the financially struggling Darebin Falcons, a trailblazing club that was home to AFLW star Daisy Pearce.
“The recent large-scale changes in women’s AFL, including costly requirements and standards for playing at elite levels, mean the club must increase its income significantly,” a Darebin report said.
“As a result, the club is at significant risk of having to withdraw from the elite VFL competition.”
The report said that while it was unusual for a council to fund the operations of a sporting club, the situation itself was unusual, and the Falcons had decided not to accept funds from gambling sources.
If approved at Monday’s meeting, Darebin will pay the club $160,000 for two years, with the option of extending the deal by two years for an extra $140,000.
Hawthorn Football Club president and former premier Jeff Kennett said: “If Darebin thought that (supporting Falcons) was important to the development of opportunities for its community, then I would respect the decision.”