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Ground help for Heads

Barwon Heads fans watch on during the 2019 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BARWON Heads has had a win its battle for financial relief in maintaining its home ground that will see it save $60,000 over the next three years.

The Seagulls are the only local sporting club across the region whose base is located on public land not owned or managed by the City of Greater Geelong (COGG).

Howard Harmer Reserve is on land owned by the Victorian Government and managed by the Barwon Coast Committee of Management (BCCM)

COGG typically provides a subsidy above 85 per cent to maintain and water other sporting grounds.

Following a review by Council, it has agreed to foot 50 per cent of Barwon Heads’ annual $40,000 maintenance bill under its Fair Play Strategy.

“Barwon Heads Football Netball Club is in a unique position as the only community club in the region on public land not owned by the council,” Mayor Bruce Harwood said.

“We support and subsidise all other sporting clubs on council public land, and we believe that for equity and fairness reasons, the club should also get some financial help.”

Council has also asked CEO Martin Cutter to write to BCCM asking them to provide the other $20,000.

“We also call on BCCM to provide additional support to the club as well,” Cr. Harwood said.

“The club makes an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of the local community, and this funding assistance will help them maintain their home ground to a high standard so that it’s an appealing and safe place for players to train and play.”

Funding starts in the 2020-21 financial year.

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