After a month of petitioning Brisbane’s sporting clubs have received much needed funding from the Brisbane City Council.
When COVID-19 hit, community clubs were in the direct firing line with contact sport canceled and large gatherings banned.
To help struggling clubs, Labor Councillor and Deputy Opposition Leader Kara Cook started an online petition, it received more than 1,200 signatures.
18 sporting and community clubs also wrote a letter to the Lord Mayor asking for help to keep their organisations afloat until the pandemic passes.
“During COVID-19 many organisations have lost critical revenue and are struggling to meet their ongoing expenses like water, electricity, field and building maintenance, insurance and rates,” the letter read.
“We are calling for an urgent financial rescue package that will ensure our clubs and community organisations are able to survive through COVID-19.”
After weeks of campaigning the Lord Mayor eventually committed to $3 Million dollars direct financial assistance.
While Councillor Kara Cook has welcomed the decision, she believes more support is needed.
“We did it! Thank you Brisbane for signing and sharing our petition, linking and sharing our posts and supporting your local community clubs,” Cr Cook said.
“While it’s a good start, I think even more support is needed to keep these clubs from closing down.”