THE City of Greater Bendigo will discuss its controversial new sports ground fees structure with schools next week.
The fee structure was introduced earlier this year after council axed plans to charge junior sports players $1 for every use of its sports facilities.
Schools and junior clubs must now pay half the rate of senior clubs under the fee structure.
But schools have claimed the new fees remain unaffordable.
St Therese’s Primary School was forced to stop Energy Breakthrough training at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
The Bendigo Advertiser understands other schools have also sought alternative venues.
City active and healthy communities manager Patrick Jess said a letter was sent to schools explaining the new structure.
He said next week’s meeting would aim to clarify the fees structure and discuss usage requirements with schools.
“We want them to come in and work out what their requirements are usage-wise, and try and sort things out,” he said.”
We will discuss the council’s new fees and charges structure and what that means for each school when using council-managed facilities.
“It will still be the same fee structure but it’s about understanding what each school’s usage requirements are and trying to work out an amicable result.
“At the end of the day we want to see the facilities get used.”
Mr Jess said council would work closely with schools to resolve their issues but at this stage the fees would not change.
“There are ways we could help them by putting it under one booking and they all use it at the same time and share the cost. Because the new system requires a booking, we are unsure which schools use it and when... that’s something we need to understand first.”