[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.”
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?