BCSC to review the decision, not to apply for funding for a high ball stadium in Wonthaggi
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On Wednesday 15th February the Bass Coast Council voted 5 to 4 not to proceed with an application for funding for a high ball facility in Wonthaggi.
The major reasons given by those who voted to stop the application were:
1. They did not have enough time to fully review the funding situation.
2. It would not be a financially responsible decision to commit $2 million of Council funds to this project.
We strongly believe the Council should request an extension of time from the State Government to fully consider the application and the funding opportunity, for the following reasons:
The shared facilities fund is limited to $50 million across the state. Once the funds have been exhausted they may not be offered again.
The funding on offer was for around $2.6 million of State money with up to $2 million of Council contribution. It's unusual for Council not to be required to match government funding.
This funding would open up further funding opportunities through the state government which could reduce the required financial contribution from the Council.
A high ball facility has been identified as a high priority by the Bass Coast Council Sports and Recreation Needs Assessment.
The current plan for addition high ball courts is for an additional court to be budgeted for in 8 years time at the YMCA site, fully funded by Council budget.
Council funds were not required immediately; they would be budgeted for across several years.
These opportunities simply do not come along too often.
Applying for this State Government funding would be both financially and socially responsible.
We, the undersigned, request that the Bass Coast Shire Council immediately request an extension to the timeline for Shared Facilities Funding submissions and request the Council further review their decision and apply for funding for a high ball facility in Wonthaggi, for the benefit of the entire Bass Coast Community, and beyond.
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