No extra council funds for athletes

THE Launceston City Council has narrowly voted against a proposal to give additional funds to Little Athletics Tasmania for its athletes to compete at the 2014 International Children's Games.

With eight of the 12 athletes from the region, the council has already provided $300, the maximum amount for a team in line with its community grants policy.

Mayor Albert van Zetten put the motion to council, seeking an additional $1200 for the organisation for uniforms after being approached by Little Athletics president Rhonda O'Sign.

The team would be called the Launceston City Team and the children would wear the city's logo and council colours.

However, a number of aldermen raised concerns and said to agree to the request may set a precedent for other groups to individually approach the council seeking more money.

In July the council approved $85,000 of round one community grants, with some notable groups like the Launceston City Cycling Club and St Giles, missing out on funding.

Alderman van Zetten said the $1200 was a good investment as the children competed in the international event, wearing the council's name and colours.

Alderman Hugh McKenzie said he had concerns for the precedent and believed it could threaten the policy already in place.

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