Clubs call on council to double water allocation

  • Clubs are charged water at the same rate as residents, $1.65 per kilolitre
  • It costs $657 for the first toilet and $459 each for the others
  • The water allocation the council offers is worth $132,826.35 a year.
  • One club paid $14,246.10 for water over two years

 

SPORTING clubs say they need double the amount of water the council is offering to maintain safe playing fields.

Each club is entitled to 4000KL per hectare of land under their leases which equates to $132,826.35 worth of water paid for by the council.

But that's not enough to keep the grounds healthy and with little rain it's a problem that has become progressively worse in the past two years.

>>Clubs bogged down by 'toilet tax' 

The lack of water has split the clubs into two groups - those who are prepared to pay and those who can't.

In the past two years those who are paying for excess water have collectively spent $35,651.25 - money they can only raise through raffles and cent sales.

One club is forking out more than $7000 each year just to keep their fields green.

Based on guidelines from Brisbane City Council, each club needs access to at least 9570KL per hectare to maintain a safe playing field.

On Wednesday night club representatives took their plight to the council. They called a meeting with councillors at the Wallabys' club house and asked for help.

Mayor Gail Sellers pointed out that in the past two years only seven out of the 14 clubs have paid for excess water which she felt demonstrated not every club was affected.

However the clubs say that's only because they aren't prepared to risk a water bill - like the $14,000 bill the Wallabys had to pay three years ago - on top of their general rates and simply block off the taps.

"Everyone agrees this is not a fair system," Gladstone and District Rugby League president Peter White, whose ground is Marley Brown, said.

Next May Marley Brown will host the Gladstone round of the Intrust Super Cup and clubs can only hope a solution will be found before then.

Mayor Gail Sellers agreed the council would consider the clubs' request, but said it was unlikely to be taken to a council meeting "anytime soon".


Council fails to meet own water usage target

IT turns out not even the council can manage its own water consumption to an acceptable level.

The 2014-2015 annual report shows the council's water consumption went up by 21% from 2013- 2014.

This financial year the council used just under 5,000,000 mega litres of water - above its target of "no more than last year's levels", which was 4,500,000 megalitres. Its target for next year is to not go over this year's increased water usage.

To date, conservation of water usage has been targeted at the council's parks department where water consumption is high. This year the council is expanding its scope to conserve as much water as possible.

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