That a quote from Department of Sport and Recreation contained in Bowls Strategy Report is claimed to be highly selective and dishonest. 3.3 “DSR consultant Clayton White has advised that DSR supports the concept of colocation of sporting clubs and looks favourably on such projects for funding support”
That the Lawn Bowls Strategy was deceptive in that it said the Department of Sport and Recreation favoured colocation for funding and information left out which means policy would never have applied to Melville.
The quote referred to is contained in the Lawn Bowls Strategy Supplementary Information September 2016 paper attached to the October 2016 report to the Council.
The claim this quote was highly selective and dishonest is unfounded.
The claim mixes a specific quote made by the DSR consultant to the consultant preparing the Bowls Strategy with supposed excerpts from the DSR web-site.
Secondly the DSR website which is accessible at www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff) states as follows:
Priority will be given to projects that lead to facility sharing and rationalisation. Multi-purpose facilities reduce infrastructure required to meet similar needs and increase sustainability.”
Furthermore the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries “Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund Guidelines for applicants”
The document also states
CSRFF can fund new or upgraded facilities which will maintain or increase physical activity, or result in a more rational use of facilities. Priority will be given to projects that lead to facility sharing and rationalisation. Multi-purpose facilities reduce infrastructure required to meet similar needs and increase sustainability. The program is not designed to provide facilities to meet a club’s ambitions to compete in a higher grade.
Page 11 of the Guidelines also states
Joint provision and shared use of facilities is a priority consideration for CSRFF support. It is not a scheme to ensure separate facilities of equal standard for all clubs. It is not designed to provide facilities to meet a club’s ambitions to compete in a higher grade.”
The quote from the DSR consultant is highly consistent with the DSR website and guidelines for funding.
The City therefore finds no basis for the claim that authors of the Lawn Bowls Strategy or reports have been highly selective in their quoting.
There is no reference to the statement claimed to be from the same website quoted as “priority would be given to regional, remote and growth areas before relocation.”
There is reference in Development Bonuses which states"
Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for a development bonus:
- Location – regional, remote or growth areas
- Co-location of sports and facilities
- Sustainability initiatives – water saving, energy reduction etc
- Increased participation – new users, increased participation from existing users, special interest groups participation etc.
The City’s reports do not refer to Development Bonuses.
It is worth noting again that the DSR committed funding of $700,000 to the Tompkins Park Redevelopment Project.