Councillors vote against Grinch recommendation

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THE community Christmas carols will receive a $5000 helping hand this year from Council. It is one of several events and organisations to receive recurrent funding under the community grants and donations scheme.

Carols organisers had requested $5000 but council staff recommended $3000. It prompted a rebuke from Cr Geoff Peterson.

“This is the single biggest community event in this town, it is run by volunteers and we are ‘dissing’ them to the tune of $2000,” he said.

“Yet we have agreed in the budget to spend $20,000 on Christmas decorations and lights (for the CBD). Work that one out.”

He suggested taking $1000 each from the Harness Racing Club and Goulburn and District Racing Club’s allocation to make up the shortfall. Cr Peterson said both would be beneficiaries of funds flowing from the recent High Court decision.

“My friends at (both clubs) probably won’t vote for me come September but I don’t care,” he said.

But councillors ultimately decided the scheme could afford an extra $2000 for carols, plus meet the racing clubs’ commitments.

The recipients for the recurrent funding over three years are; Lieder Theatre – $4000pa; Goulburn Multicultural Centre – $1500pa; Goulburn Harness Racing for the Carnival of Cups – $5000pa; St Vincent de Paul – $3500pa; Goulburn Men’s Shed – $1500pa; Highlands Community Centres inc – $7000pa; Bungonia CWA – $452pa; Tarago Pre- School – $1000pa; Goulburn and District Racing Club – $5000pa; Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club – $2000pa and the Goulburn Challenge Foundation – $5000pa. Cr Margaret O’Neill was an apology for the meeting.

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