Time limit on club funding



A SUNSET clause on Tweed Shire Council's continued support for funding for Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club was unfair, unrealistic and set a precedent for council funding of community organisations, it was claimed this week.

Cr Steve Dale, the club's vice-president, said council had never before sought a sunset clause tying grants to a deadline.

Cr Gavin Lawrie succeeded in his move for council to place conditions on its promised $500,000 grant to the club, including that its clubhouse be built and operational by December next year.

Councillors backed the move 6-5 (Crs Dale, Dot Holdom, Barbara Carroll, Henry James and Bob Brinsmead against).

Cr Lawrie said the aim of his move was to impose a budgetary constraint and reasonable timeline for the club to be built.

But Cr Dale said the $500,000 grant from developer contributions, agreed on nine years ago, was "patently inadequate" to build the clubhouse in 2005 due to building costs "going through the roof".

The club, he said, had tried to move forward but circumstances beyond its control had delayed it and the building had since been redesigned to stay within budget.

Cr Carroll said the time constraint put untoward pressure on the club which also had to look at other sources of funding.

Cr Brinsmead said the deadline looked like "a sort of guillotine put on the club" while Cr Polglase said he was sure if the club had its footings down by November next year that Council would not withdraw its funds.



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