Administrators to consider a more equitable system for sport
Friday, 16 June 2017
City’s Administrators will consider the draft Fair Play strategy at the next
council report recommends that the Administrators endorse the Fair Play
principles, and release the strategy for consultation with sports clubs and
The Fair Play
Strategy aims to address the current inequity in fees charged to sporting clubs
and community groups for the use and maintenance of outdoor sport and
City maintains more than 300 community sports clubs, $85 million worth of sport
and recreation facilities and 1700 hectares of open space.
Last year the
City spent $5.5 million on maintaining and operating outdoor facilities, and
this year’s proposed budget allocates $10.24 million for sport and recreation
Administrators endorse the Fair Play principles and release the strategy for
consultation, the City will seek feedback from all sports clubs and community
groups through a series of meetings and forums, along with the strategy being
available online and in all our libraries. The public consultation will run for
a period of four weeks.
growth has increased demand for more sport, recreation and leisure
infrastructure, and existing facilities also needed to be maintained and
The City will
support any clubs facing serious financial hardship resulting from changes to
The Fair Play
strategy would not apply to land or facilities that were not Council-owned or
managed, or facilities of a regional, state or national standard. These would continue
to be treated on a case-by-case basis.
The draft strategy is available on the agenda for the next Council meeting.
Director Community Life Linda Quinn
The City is
the largest supporter of sport in Greater Geelong. We want to ensure that all
sports clubs and community groups continue to thrive.
is a clear inequity and inconsistency in the ways clubs are currently charged
and the level of subsidy provided by the City for the use of community
facilities. Under the current system some larger clubs with more facilities or
better service pay half the fees of some smaller clubs.
Play aims to create a fairer, more transparent and sustainable system for sports
clubs and community groups.
Play will address the current inequity by linking fees to the level of service
provided, the cost of maintenance and standard of each facility.
current system is not sustainable. If we
don’t act now there will come a time when the City of Greater Geelong is no
longer able to afford to maintain sport and recreation facilities to the
system aims to maximise the value of public facilities by encouraging and
rewarding shared use by multiple groups, clubs and the community.
Play some clubs would experience cost savings, while others would contribute
more towards the facilities they use.
AFL Barwon Regional General Manager
current system needs reform.
the need for reform and the need for a fairer and more equitable system for all
clubs and facilities.
the City’s approach to consulting with the clubs and we will work with the City
and the clubs to provide feedback on the proposed strategy.