Wyndham City will waive the sporting fees for outdoor clubs using Council-run facilities over the coming months in a measure to help clubs doing it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a show of support for these important community organisations, Council will not charge fees for outdoor sporting clubs during the 2020 Winter season, and will also offset some of the costs that sporting clubs operating out of AquaPulse and Eagle Stadium may incur to meet Government regulations regarding lane and court hire.
Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Josh Gilligan, said it was also important to note that Council had not charged sporting clubs any fees since facilities have been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Through this support Council has absorbed close to $600,000 in sporting club hire and licence fees, delivering funding support to local sporting clubs when they need it most,” Cr Gilligan said.
“While we’ll hopefully see community sport restrictions eased from mid-July, we will continue to keep across the situation and its impact on clubs.”
Sports Development portfolio holder Cr Peter Maynard said these measures would give Wyndham’s sporting clubs the financial reprieve they need to help them get back on the field, court or pool.
“I am impressed by the tremendous effort that local clubs and associations are making to get their members safely back into the activity they love,” Cr Maynard said.
“As we know, sporting clubs and organisations in this City have many volunteers who are racking their brains to find new and innovative ways to ensure the viability and long-term sustainability of their clubs.”
“These clubs are the backbone of our community and for many they provide the social cohesion and community spirit that we as residents want and desire – that’s why we’re working with them to help them get through this pandemic.”
“We have also waived Outdoor Fitness Permit fees for personal trainers running sessions at Council-owned open spaces until 30th September to help keep these small business owners in business and give our residents a healthy outlet.”
For more information, clubs can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Wyndham City waives sporting fees for Winter season
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