Council says no more water discounts for league club
WALLABYS Rugby League Football Club's request for a discount on its water charges has been rejected by the council.
Gladstone Regional Council decided yesterday the club had already been given enough concessions with a water allowance and their access charge waived.
The club has been asked to pay $4336.20 for nine sewer connections.
That's after $5483.05 had already been knocked off the bill.
But Wallabys president Andrew Lockwood said the allocation was not enough to keep the grass green.
"It's a big chunk of money for a volunteer organisation," Mr Lockwood said.
"It's more sausages and raffle tickets we will have to sell to make ends meet.
"The council needs to increase the allocation for everyone because all they are doing is taking money away from volunteer organisations."
The officer's report presented at the council meeting says staff repeatedly offered advice to the club on watering practices, including using sprinklers in the early morning or late evening.
"To date, the Wallabys have not taken Council up on its offer of assistance," the report states.
But Mr Lockwood said that's exactly when the club irrigates.
He said the lack of water meant the club carefully planned each season when to irrigate the field revolving around home games, and after the last home game the water is turned off.
Sporting clubs are entitled to 4000kilolitres of water under the council's policy before being charged, which works out at $395,086 worth of water charges waived for 2015/2016 year.