BATHURST Regional Council will answer a call for help from Lifeline Central West with a commitment of three years’ funding from 2019-20.
Councillors have voted to refer a request for financial support from Lifeline to the 2019-20 budget planning process but appear certain to match the support already offered by Dubbo Regional Council.
In a report to councillors, corporate services and finance director Aaron Jones said Lifeline was seeking a new funding commitment from council after deciding not to run its Soar, Ride and Shine fundraiser in future.
The event had received strong support from council.
“The organisation is requesting $15,000 per annum, which is the recently approved contribution from Dubbo Regional Council,” Mr Jones states in the report.
“It should be noted Lifeline will not be holding the Soar, Ride and Shine event in the future.
“Lifeline has advised that the recurring financial support would be used to support Lifeline Central West's ongoing work in the community of Bathurst and the Central West.”
Mr Jones said council’s previous support of Soar, Ride and Shine included:
- 2016: In-kind support, up to $10,000.
- 2017: $10,000 of in-kind support and a $300 cash award for the best car displayed.
- 2018: Up to $10,000 of in-kind support and an additional $7500 for traffic management.
Mr Jones recommended council consider a three-year commitment of $15,000 a year to Lifeline Central West as part of its planning for the 2019-20 operational plan.
In a letter to council, former Lifeline Central West CEO Alex Ferguson said council’s financial backing would “be useful to support LLCW’s ongoing work in the community of Bathurst and more broadly, the Central West of NSW”.
Mr Ferguson also forwarded to council a letter from Dubbo Regional Council’s community and recreation director Murray Wood confirming its $15,000 donation to Lifeline.