Challenge issued to councillors
A WARWICK sporting identity has set a challenge to prospective councillor candidates to support sporting clubs.
Warwick Cricket Association president Colin O'Brien said next year's election should result in a "fair policy" regarding the treatment and assistance of sporting organisations in the region.
"With a conservative estimate of over 4000 participants and most of voting and rate-paying age, the community run groups deserve better treatment and support," he said.
"Special attention needs to be paid in the area of sporting field's maintenance (mowing) and fulltime groundsmen," he said.
"At very least financial assistance to offset ever increasing running costs would be greatly appreciated, perhaps waving the huge rates bills for lease holders on sporting grounds."
O'Brien said on average each sporting group faced a $20,000 a year start-up cost before a ball was even kicked or bowled.
"Surely groups run by the community for the community deserve some assistance as is the case in nearly every other shire in south east Queensland?" he said.
O'Brien said he was "certain" a fair policy would result in enormous community support.