The City will waive ground maintenance fees for local community sports clubs to alleviate financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – saving them a combined $29,376.
The decision, which was endorsed by Council at last night’s meeting, will apply to fees from January to June 2020 inclusive.
Mayor Penny Taylor said community sports clubs were not-for-profit organisations that relied heavily on full season fees, canteen profits, memberships and fundraising, but these revenue streams had all been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
“Clubs have told us that the uncertainty of the 2020 season has made it particularly difficult to retain players and they are now suffering financially,” she said.
“Waiving ground maintenance fees for these clubs will make a big difference and help alleviate some of the financial stress they are under due to the pandemic.
“Sporting clubs aren’t just about playing a game – they form an important part of our community and we need to do everything we can to ensure they can survive and thrive.”
Daglish Tennis Club said if the City has not come up with this plan to save the sport and community clubs, they would have been looking at the possibility of a forced closure.
“This is why we are so grateful to the Council for this practical solution to waive the next maintenance invoice and throw a lifeline to the clubs in the City,” a club representative said. “To know that the Council and staff have our backs, has really given us heart to continue.”
Subiaco AFC President Drew Palmer said the decision to waive ground maintenance fees was great news for their grassroots club and members.
“This season has provided many challenges in terms of fundraising, social events and canteen operations, and this support from the City of Subiaco will help relieve some financial pressure, allowing our coaches and volunteers to focus on building a positive and vibrant environment where men and women of all ages and abilities can enjoy playing the world game,” he said.
The community sporting clubs who will have their fees waived are:
- Subiaco AFC
- Subiaco Junior Football Club (AFL)
- Subiaco Lacrosse
- Rosalie Touch Association
- Daglish Tennis Club
- Onslow Park Tennis Club
- Western Suburbs Cricket
- Subiaco (NPL) FC (Seniors)