Council backs loan for building

The Cleve District Council has voted to provide the Cleve Sporting Bodies (CSB) with a $250,000 line of credit to complete the rebuild of the clubrooms at the Cleve Oval.

The CSB has a $56,000 shortfall and expects this to increase, mainly due to work required to supply enough water pressure for a fire hydrant.

CSB president Kelly Richardson said the water pressure had dropped since the clubrooms were designed and now and the organisation was awaiting a quote for the necessary work to comply with regulations.

Mrs Richardson said the additional work would not delay the opening of the clubrooms, with building set to finish in November and a launch tentatively planned for February.

She said CSB had asked for $250,000 in credit in case more expenses arose but they were hoping to borrow no more than $100,000.

With community donations continuing to flow in, she said CSB's main priority would be to pay off the loan once they began trading again.

While the loan application did not meet the council's requirements for loans to community groups because the project had already started, councillors voted to support the request on the basis of the facility's importance to the community.

Cleve District Council mayor Phil Cameron said the completed project would be the most modern facility in the district and with capacity for 200 people it would provide a new opportunity for major events such as weddings and conferences to he held in town in a place with all the "creature comforts".

He said the similar clubroom redevelopment in Kimba had provided a central point for the community to congregate and he believed the facility would generate the same outcome.

Mr Cameron also said bushfires in the eastern states were a reminder of the importance of having a place to go in a town emergency.

"As an emergency relief centre it's very valuable.

"We've all seen what's been happening in Queensland and New South Wales... that's where people congregate to."

In the motion passed at the council meeting last Tuesday, councillors recognised the purpose for the council's loans to community groups policy, under which the Cleve Sporting Bodies' loan was ineligible, but also recognised the obligation of the council to judge applications on their individual merit rather than "seeking refuge in a policy position".