Basketball boon for Goulburn

Ss Peter & Paul’s Primary School created a spectacle hosting the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball tournament in 2008. The event is on again in October. Blue Senior Girls basketball team members (front) Emily Mills, (behind l-r) Kate Ryan, Naomi Jale, Charley Micallef, Monique George and Maddie Hedley got into the spirit of the 2008 tournament with the promotion hummer. Photo-DARRYL FERNANCEORGANISERS of any event that fills Goulburn and district’s motels should be “seriously congratulated,” says Cr Neil Penning.
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He led the charge at Tuesday’s Council meeting in giving Ss Peter and Paul’s School a helping hand with an upcoming basketball tournament.

The school beat two other bids to host October’s NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Championships.

The last time they did so, in 2008, the tournament drew 900 players, 2000 supporters and booked out every motel in Goulburn and district, coconvenor Matt Chilko told councillors.

Organisers had requested $3000 under Council’s community grants and donations scheme. Staff recommended $1400 only, to cover the Recreation Area hire fee.

Mr Chilko urged councillors to reconsider given the event’s importance. This year he’s expecting 115 teams and 3300 visitors from as far afield as Wagga Wagga, Nowra, Young and Albury. Some 150 volunteers spend a year organising the tournament.

“This event is most beneficial to the city in more ways than just financial,” Mr Chilko said.

Cr Penning moved the full amount $3000 be granted. “This is a big event that comes here fairly rarely and if you spread that money out over four years, it’s not much. It’s a reasonable thing to do,” he said.

“I think any institution that brings in so many people and fills Goulburn’s accommodation for a weekend should be seriously congratulated.”

Cr Geoff Peterson went a step further. Councillors supported his move to allocate an extra $1400 to the Recreation Area budget to cover the hire fee.

Cr Andrew Banfield voted against, saying the event had made a “tidy profit” in 2008 and was expected to do so again.

The tournament is the school’s major fundraiser. Co-convenor John Thomas said all funds went back to the school for improvements.

“We’re pleased to have the assistance because, being spread across seven venues, it helps us pay for things like scoreboards and hire fees,” he said.

“If we could have it all in one place, at the multi-use centre, how much better could it be?”

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