Council promises $250,000 for Cleve Sporting Bodies

PROMISING: Kelly Richardson, Emma Cox, Leni Richardson, Jamie-Lee Jenner, Matilda Jaggy, Megan Cox, Sarah Cox and Billie Richardson.
PROMISING: Kelly Richardson, Emma Cox, Leni Richardson, Jamie-Lee Jenner, Matilda Jaggy, Megan Cox, Sarah Cox and Billie Richardson.

The Cleve District Council has committed money to the Cleve Multi-Purpose Facility Redevelopment subject to grant funding.

As part of its 2017/18 budget, passed this week, the council will make a one off capital contribution of $250,000 but only if the Cleve Sporting Bodies can attract about $680,000 in grant funding.

The council’s contribution will support the organisation’s grant applications, as grants from the AFL and Office of Recreation and Sport rely on council funding.

The organisation will also apply for a grant from the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which BNJ Consulting consultant Brad Flaherty, who has been working with the group, is hopeful of getting.

“I’m as hopeful as can be, they have put a lot of extensive work into their business plan and consultation,” Mr Flaherty said.

“And the federal government has added (another) $200 million into the fund.”

Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson is happy with the council’s contribution.

“The council’s significant contribution is brilliant, it will help us with getting grants,” Mrs Richardson said.

She said the group had spent more than 18 months and $50,000 to be “shovel ready” and would apply for major grants in the coming months.

The group has already raised a lot of money but is “ramping up” fundraising efforts.

“We have applied for a $50,000 AFL grant, which, if successful, will make $300,000 with the council’s contribution,” Mrs Richardson said.

“With $400,000 cash from the sporting bodies and $56,000 in-kind time from members, the sporting bodies will require a grant for $660,000 for the project to go ahead.

“We will loan some of the money if required.”

The group has started a Community Funding Appeal, which closes on August 31.

“The committee have been overwhelmed by the support of business owners, members and the community,” Mrs Richardson said.

“Cleve Sporting Bodies have set a target of $30,000 and hope that members of the community will help raise these extra funds to show community support which will assist with their grant applications.

“The Community Funding Appeal will arrive in letterboxes in the next fortnight and the group urges members and the community to contribute if they can.

“This facility will be a huge asset for the community and will be used by many generations over the next 50 to 70 years.” 

Tax deductible donations can be made at asf.org.au/projects/cleve-sporting-bodies-club/.