Financial Assistance for Sporting and Community Groups

Published: 16th June 2020

Council will provide financial relief to 31 local not-for-profit sporting and community organisations through a one-off COVID-19 pandemic Community Assistance Payment.

The $200 payment will be applied to each group’s rates balance by the end of the month, following a Council decision made at Wednesday’s Ordinary Meeting.

Mayor Danielle Slade said Council recognises that not-for-profit community and sporting organisations in Mount Isa make important contributions that enhance the city’s lifestyle and strengthen the community.

“We know that these groups have been doing it tough ever since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced earlier this year,” Cr Slade said.

“These restrictions resulted in all sporting and community organisations suspending their normal programs for several months, which significantly impacted them financially.

“We want to do what we can to assist them during such challenging times for all of us.

“The Queensland Government’s three-stage approach to returning to normal operations – assisted by plans such as Return to Play and the implementation of Industry COVID Safe Plans – means that, fortunately, sporting groups can now begin to resume their usual activities, such as practice and training sessions.

“There have been positive and encouraging signs that Queensland is making its way out of the woods with regard to COVID-19 and I look forward to further progress being made.”