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Brumbies take taxpayers for an extra $720,000

By johnboy - 26 June 2009 66

[First filed: May 21, 2009 @ 14:31]

The ABC brings word that on top of a regular $1 million a year of taxpayer love the Brumbies have hooked in for an extra $720,000 following International Sporting Clothing going titsup.

    Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan says the shortfall would not have affected player payments but would have reduced the money spent on junior development.

    “It would have had a long-term impact on those community programs,” he said.

    “Given the nature of it being an eleventh-hour collapse of a major sponsor of ours, the Government didn’t want that long term impact on the community.

    “So they were happy to provide us with this one-off grant – some of which is a loan.”

“Happy” eh?

UPDATE: The ABC reports what the exact package, which has now gone through, was:

    The $720,000 package will be made up of $300,000 in special assistance alongside a $170,000 loan and $250,000 in pay roll tax relief.

The Canberra Times notes that the Raiders now want to know where their special package is seeing they’re here more and aren’t ashamed to be associated with the city. But if we’re doing this for the youth development where’s the money for swimming? Hockey? Volleyball? Netball? Badminton? Basketball? Lacrosse? Floorball? Orienteering? Athletics? Gymnastics? Martial arts? Water polo? Cricket? Boules? Rock climbing? Cycling? Skiing? Paintball? Billiards? Ballroom dancing? Tent pegging? Fly fishing? Ultimate frisbee? Cheerleading? Tampolining? Kite fighting? Rogaining? Canoeing? Polo? Squash? Luge? Boxing?

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2604 9:56 pm 28 Jun 09

vg said :

Great logic Einstein.

‘Seniors’ Rugby means grade rugby. What you play when you’re too old/too good for juniors. You know….1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade

Don’t confuse Seniors with Veterans

I worked with someone who was 41 and played “Seniors” Rugby for Royals. Not masters or veterans or whatever you want to call it.

Precious hair-splitting aside, I don’t think senior or masters comps should receive gov’t funding to aid their administration.

astrojax 1:37 pm 28 Jun 09

sorry frontrow – i misunderstood and retract my comment (i misread that you are happy to pay, but not for the things you don’t like – but didn’t see the varied payment methods!) bad me… ; )

monomania 12:42 am 28 Jun 09

vg in typical nasty fashion said:

Shit, you’ve buckled my argument through your sheer brain power. Mind you your correction has well and truly set the argument alight hasn’t it? But then again you were wrong, feel free to apologise

Your attempt to turn $720 000 into 59 cents per bum on seat over 14 years is hardly a work of intellectual genius.

Of course up to 2006 the Brumbies claim total crowds of 1 344 463 so it is likely that the aggregate crowd has now reached about 1.7 million, somewhat higher than your poor guess of 1.26 million. Your 59 cents would be just as meaningless as the actual figure of 44 cents/bum.

Why am I not surprised your figures might be erratic.

monomania 12:25 am 28 Jun 09

vg said :

monomania said :

vg said :

My opinion is quite objective.

Lets say, since 1996, the Brumbies has played on average 6 home games a year, with an average crowd of 15,000. That’s 1.26 million bums on seats at Bruce. The grant works out to be 59c a person. Yes, the Brumbies are a business, but a lot of other local businesses rely on what they derive from the Brumbies.

Shit, you’ve buckled my argument through your sheer brain power. Mind you your correction has well and truly set the argument alight hasn’t it?

But then again you were wrong, feel free to apologise

Your attempt to turn $720 000 into 59 cents per bum on seat over 14 years is hardly a work of intellectual genius.

Of course up to 2006 the Brumbies claim total crowds of 1 344 463 so it is likely that the aggregate crowd has reached near to 1.7 million. Your 59 cents would be just as meaningless as the actual figure of 44 cents/bum.

Why am I not surprised your figures might be erratic.

frontrow 5:00 pm 27 Jun 09

I don’t understand what you are trying to say astrojax. I thought I was fairly clear in my objection to government payments for the Brumbies.

astrojax 4:31 pm 27 Jun 09

frontrow said :

I love the Brumbies and I’m happy to keep paying my share of their upkeep through foxtel and entry tickets. I don’t support the government handout because I don’t want to pay, through taxes, for the Raiders or soccer or AFL or any of these other sports that bore me to tears.

I also find the accounting methods fundamentally dishonest. If the youth development angle was so important, it wouldn’t be the first thing to go when revenue starts to fall.

you may not want to pay through taxes for things that bore you to tears, but don’t expect those who are bored to tears by your brumbies should fork out for them… or don’t complain when people other than you and your ‘tastes’ are catered to…

agree wholeheartedly re the youth development issue, though

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