AFTER years of arguments about money between Warrnambool City Council and user groups, a guideline document has been established to clarify funding criteria for projects.
The capital contributions policy approved unanimously this week by councillors sets out clearly the proportion of funding expected from stakeholders.
Cr Michael Neoh said the policy would encourage equity. “I’m often staggered how small clubs can fund-raise more than bigger clubs with gaming machines,” he said.
Cr Jacinta Ermacora said the policy was a reference point for clubs to figure out what they need to do in getting a project established.
“It’s important for all clubs to partner with the council, their community and the state government to be successful.”
Recreation and culture manager Russell Lineham said the policy formalised existing practice and would give guidance for clubs and community groups.
“It’s a good framework, but at the same time allows some flexibility,” he said.
Recent examples used in formulating the policy included the Reid Oval multi-purpose netball pavilion and oval scoreboard, where the government contributed 48 per cent, clubs 34 per cent and council 18 per cent, while for the Allansford netball facility clubs put in 44 per cent, government 36 per cent and council 20 per cent.
However, where no external government funding is available the club contribution is much higher. At Mack Oval, for example, the netball shelter and spectator terracing project entailed 76 per cent from clubs and 24 per cent from council.