_The Draft Sportsfield User Policy exhibition period closed on 26 August 2011 and received a large number of submissions providing feedback.
The submissions were reported to Council on 15 December 2011. Council resolution 11-1022 is what came out of that:
1. That Council note the public submissions received on the draft Sports Field User Policy.
2. That Council endorse the policy amendments detailed in Table 1 of this report to be
incorporated as the revised Draft of the Byron Shire Sports field User Policy.
3. That the revised Draft Byron Shire Sports field User Policy be re-advertised for public
comment for a period of 28 days after the commencement of the 2012 School year. The
revised draft policy is to be reported to Council for endorsement prior to the public
4. That the electricity costs for all sports fields for clubhouses, amenity buildings and flood
lights, etc be paid fully by the sporting associations from 1 March 2012.
5. That Council note the Action Plan in Table 2 of this report on the timeframe to progress
the implementation of the user charges.
6. That a reply be forwarded to each submission detailing Council’s resolution."
Please find more details on the Council Web site.
The Draft Policy is going to be revised and reported back to Council on 22 March 2012. The revised policy will then again be placed on public exhibition for a minimum period of 28 days to again allow the relevant stakeholders to provide input into the development of this policy.
Here the latest issue of the newsletter, which has some good grassroots community sports information, like sports training courses, health and safety information, events and information for clubs.
This meeting is mainly about our submission/s to influence Byron Council's decision on the sports fields policy they will implement probably next year.
We must submit as much detail as possible about value we add to the fields and facilities, services we receive, and all other useful information about them for Council to be able to make an informed and fair decision, and for us to make our voice heard. Send ideas to our e-mail address, call, or even better, come to the meeting.
While details about the draft sports fields policy were not forthcoming at this early-ish stage, Council explained their point of view and intention with the new policy: To see what practices are currently in place for all the clubs and what the club's issues are, to then actually create a policy, then to make field management more transparent across the Shire...and to improve Council income, of course. It became clear that at this point in the process, we need to make submissions towards the policy about all our arrangements, concerns, etc. before 25 August. Come to the next club meeting to see what's going on and have a say.
The council's plans are far-reaching, the interest is great and the response was swift:
Interested sporting field users and clubs meet on Monday, 08 August 2011 at 19.15h at Ocean Shores Community Centre, across from the shopping centre.
Council has also been invited to clarify some of the obvious questions regarding the draft policy. Even if council reps do not show on the night, this is an excellent opportunity to exchange with other clubs to see where we all stand on the new policy and what action to take.
Time is short as submissions to the policy must be made within three weeks of the meeting date.
While it may not pan out the way it is planned, it is a fact that council does not have much money and that they will soon ask us to pay more for field maintenance.
The club is currently trying to find out how that can work for us and what options we have. Come to the next meeting/s to find out more!
Shane - Club Secretary
I will answer
all comments by e-mail.