Council backs sport and community groups

BENEFIT: Basketballers will benefit by $2500 in the form of a grant from Port Pirie Regional Council.
BENEFIT: Basketballers will benefit by $2500 in the form of a grant from Port Pirie Regional Council.

Port Pirie basketball will benefit from a $2500 grant from Port Pirie Regional Council.

The association originally sought $4000 for help with costs of trophies, stadium hire and umpires for a junior carnival earlier this month.

The council reduced the amount during debate in which a councillor asked why the financial statements from the association were being kept confidential.

Corporate and community director James Holyman responded that he thought they were public documents and he was unable to “hold anyone’s statements in confidence”.

“I was following what I was advised happened in the past,” he said.

Cr Neville Wilson raised questions about the payments to volunteers in the association.

Cr Darryl Johnson moved, seconded by Cr Joe Paparella, that the amount be set at $2500.

Council will give $2500 to the Bowman Park Management Committee to host three outdoor movie events in December, January and February.

The Crystal Brook Apex Club will receive in-kind help of $200 for the hire of the Crystal Brook Institute for the yearly senior citizens’ Christmas dinner.