Sporting clubs meet with council over water charges

SPORTING clubs will appeal to council representatives at a special meeting on Wednesday evening for a reduction in their water-related charges.

Many clubs are forking out up to $30,000 each year just to keep their fields alive; that's on top of a $460 annual sewerage charge for each toilet.

Wallabys Rugby League President Andrew Lockwood is hopeful the council will hear pleas to charge the volunteer-run clubs less and increase their yearly water allocation.

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"The meeting will give us a chance to explain our side of the story to them, and also for them to explain the charges to us," Mr Lockwood said.

Mr Lockwood has invited leaders from all Gladstone clubs via a letter, but said any interested parties were welcome.

In a draft version of the letter, Mr Lockwood wrote; "Our sporting venues provide important infrastructure to the community and ... more could be done to assist in the running and development of our clubs."

The meeting will be held at the Wallabys Rugby League fields on Tranberg St, off Hanson Rd, at 6.30pm.