Sports committees set in stone until at least 2020
SPORTS COMMITTEES: The unification of the two sports councils in the Clarence Valley under one shared constitution will happen this year.
The Clarence Valley Council carried a motion at their April meeting to rename the two councils to the Clarence Sports Committee and Lower Clarence Sports Committee but have both bodies remaining autonomous saved for their shared constitution.
Cr Craig Howe moved the motion and believed the shared constitution was a necessary step to undertake.
"For mine there has been a little bit of confusion at times on which constitution, in particular the Lower Clarence Sports Council, is running under," Cr Howe said. "So I thought it was proven to leave that point in there so that we can have a discussion with the sports councils and clarify that."
An amendment to the original motion was put forward by Cr Jim Simmons to alter the wording to section six of the motion which originally stated "a further review of the Sports Committee's structures be undertaken in 2020."
The adopted amendment instead called for "no further review" until 2020 rather than setting a date for a review.
Despite the 2020 deadline council general manager Scott Greensill admitted council could undertake a review sooner if the status quo changed.
"This does not lock council in," Mr Greensill said. "It is indicative more of the intent. The council of the day however, if there is a change in circumstances, will be able to modify or make a change, I believe."
The motion stated there should be no change to structure or the delegate representation at the committee meetings giving sporting clubs the same opportunity for funding.
The change in constitution will take effect following the local council elections which are expected to occur later this year.
The movement was accepted by both sports committees who are understood to be supportive of the move under one single constitution.