Community based volunteers give their time and energy for organisations throughout our shire.
The South Gippsland Shire Council requires all food registration premises to be registered and staff to have food handling qualifications and keep records to ensure all food standards are maintained.
Community based clubs comply with all these requirements.
Commercial kitchens pay an annual registration fee and our shire’s community clubs and sporting clubs are given an exemption from payment having no paid staff (all volunteers).
Council in their wisdom have just announced a registration fee is to be introduced in 2019 and increased again in 2020 for sporting clubs.
Other than a grab for money, why would you want to hit volunteers where it hurts the most – financially – no reason or explanation?
Disgraceful action, South Gippsland Shire Council.
Marilyn Flett, Foster.