A LOCKWOOD South mother is disappointed in the City of Greater Bendigo’s sports ground fees, saying local families are struggling enough with education expenses.
Michelle Pascoe has two children who attend Lockwood Primary School and her 11-year-old daughter Codie is part of the Energy Breakthrough team.
She said the school could not afford to pay for use of the Tom Flood Centre to train and said children would miss out if families were made to wear the costs.
Ms Pascoe, who is a member of the school’s Energy Breakthrough committee, said the costs would not be passed on to families.
She said extra strain would be put on the committee to collect sponsors and the school was already struggling to find support.
Ms Pascoe said it would cost more than $1000 to train at the Tom Flood Centre and this was on top of paying for vehicle maintenance, competition registration and uniforms.
Lockwood Primary School teacher and Energy Breakthrough co-ordinator Sandy Crothers said the fees would turn young people away from playing sport.
“Council should be encouraging kids to get active rather than charging schools for the use of their facilities – it doesn’t make sense.”