by Nathan Johnston
ONE of the great local events of the past 10 years, the Tour de Tarwin will not go ahead this year after its hard working committee simply ran out of puff.
They’d achieved their fundraising goals for local emergency services, and didn’t have the energy to go around again.
Insurance, risk management plans and detailed event plans are all among the requirements these days to run a major event.
The tour had grown to attract more than 1500 participants and was a genuinely family-friendly event promoting fun and a healthy lifestyle.
Without the red tape, it would probably continue to exist. A new committee would more likely have been found.
The Leongatha and District Cricket Association is fortunate to have Gary Adams as its secretary. He does a power of work to ensure the comp is one of the best managed in the state.
But Bass Coast Shire Council doesn’t make the committee’s job any easier. For the past couple of seasons, the LDCA has been required to fill out and submit a ‘casual hire’ form every time the association wants to play a finals match or host a representative cricket match at one the Bass Coast Shire’s grounds.
Hire fees looked set to be introduced as well, however that plan appears to have been scrapped in the past few days.
When it comes to pool lane hire fees for the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club, Bass Coast does it better than South Gippsland.
There are no lane hire fees for the club at the Wonthaggi Pool, but that’s not the case at SG Splash in Leongatha where the club pays $22,000 and members still have to pay the standard entry fee.
All this adds pressure to the volunteers who set aside hours for their communities but are spending more time than ever jumping through an increasing number of hoops.