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Council will waive fees for some sporting and community groups

WOLLONGONG City Council will extend a financial helping hand to sporting clubs and local associations, and licensees of community facilities whose operations have been affected by Coronavirus and NSW Public Health Orders.

The step is the latest in a series of community-focussed initiatives announced by Council to support our community through this challenging time.

At its meeting tonight, Monday (August 31), Council voted to offer a conditional waiver of sportsground ground hire fees for clubs whose winter training regimes and competitions have been changed between May 25 and October 17 2020.

To qualify for the waiver, clubs will need to demonstrate to Council they’re also offering a minimum of a 20 per cent reduction in items like registration fees, as well as other forms of player subsidy.

Licensees of community facilities, such as community centres, community halls and seniors centres, can also apply for monetary support of up to $5,000 per licence for the 2020/21 financial year to help with paying for essential outgoings.

“Council recognises this is a difficult time for a lot of people in our community,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“But licensees of community facilities and sporting groups can be particularly hard hit when they’ve still got outgoings like bills to pay and no income coming in. These organisations play an important role in our community, and are a key social hub and outlet. The financial support is Council’s recognition of their importance.”

Council will contact sporting clubs and local associations as well as licensees of community facilities directly to provide advice on the additional funding.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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