On 4 December 2018, Council resolved to put on public exhibition a draft hardship policy for the reduction of fees for seniors organisations. The aim of the draft policy is to provide additional assistance to eligible groups with limited financial capacity.
The proposed policy is that current hall hire charges be reduced by a cumulative additional 10% on the lowest applicable discounted hall hire rate for the use of Council facilities by incorporated organisations and/or clubs providing direct social services to seniors, where 75% of members are:
a) Residents and/or ratepayers of the Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA); and
b) Eligible for pensioner concessions i.e. holders of a Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), holders of a gold card embossed with ‘TPI’ (Totally Permanently Incapacitated), holders of a gold card embossed with ‘EDA’ (Extreme Disablement Adjustment) or war widow or widower or wholly dependent partner entitled to the DVA income support supplement.
Applicant organisations will be required to provide to Council:
a) Proposed schedule of hires for calendar year;
b) Proposed schedules of activities to be undertaken in Council facilities that provide demonstrated social, recreational, health or wellbeing outcomes; and
c) Evidence of members’ ratepayer status and/or residency in Strathfield LGA; and evidence of members’ eligibility for pensioner concession.
Council currently provides reduced fees to regular hirers up to a cumulative maximum of 85% of the hourly full fee rate based on the following criteria:
a) The organisation provides a social or community benefit which aligns with Council’s priorities in the Community Strategic Plan – 40% reduction.
b) The organisation is managed on a voluntary basis and has no external funding to support the delivery of the program – 20% reduction.
c) There is a local benefit to Strathfield LGA residents with more than 65% of members residing in the Strathfield LGA – 25% reduction.
Casual hirers are entitled to a 50% reduction.
The draft Policy will be on public exhibition from 7 December 2018 until 16 January 2019 and can also be viewed at:
- Council’s Customer Service Centre – 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield
- Strathfield Library – 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush
- High Street Community Library – 64 High Street, Strathfield
Written submissions may be made until 4pm on 16 January 2019 and should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer at Strathfield Council, PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the reference ‘PN181207’ in your written submission.
For more information, please contact Council on 9748 9999.