Sport and community groups enjoy rent free agreement

Thursday, 28 June 2018 

Leases and licenses for sporting and community groups will be fair and equitable after Bunbury City Council adopted the Council Policy Sporting ad Community Leases and Licenses on Tuesday.

The new policy was the result of an extensive review into the previous policy and consultation with the City’s lease-hold sporting and community groups and replaces the former Council Policy Lease and Licence Fee Appeal Process.

Four systems for charging rent to sporting and community groups were put to Council for consideration on 1 May where it was agreed to endorse option three providing an equitable solution for all involved parties.

Mayor Gary Brennan said the policy acknowledged the societal and economic value sporting and community groups provided to the City as well as providing affordable leases and licenses through subsidy by the ratepayers of Bunbury.

“As per the methodology principally recently endorsed by Council, this policy seeks to charge no rent and applies minimum rates to all sporting and community groups,” Mayor Brennan said.

“There are number of exemptions included in this policy that have been provided based on the extensive feedback from the sporting and community groups.”

Groups that do not currently pay rates due to existing lease or license terms or legislative exemptions will remain as such and not be charged rates.

Sporting and community groups with existing “peppercorn” leases/licenses will remain as such.

Groups will be responsible for the minor maintenance and cleaning of their facility.

Where the building is a City-owned building, the City will remain responsible for structural maintenance.