Swimming pools and major sporting complexes in Dandenong, many run by council, are being significantly and adversely affected by excessive energy price hikes.
“Soaring gas and electricity prices are forcing local tennis, soccer and football clubs to abandon evening training sessions, swimming pools to drop water temperatures, and clubs to increase entry fees and membership costs,” Ms Peulich said.
Currently over 3.25 million Victorians play sport or are engaged in active recreation including 580,000 volunteers, 100 Sporting Associations and 16,000 clubs.
“With no regulatory control, energy prices are in an upward spiral, and the Andrews Labor Government continues to put its head in the sand,” Ms Peulich said.
“Labor MP for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams has supported the closing of power generation facilities like Hazelwood and her reckless decisions are now eroding the financial viability of our local sporting clubs.”
“Unfortunately we now need adequate and ongoing budget provisions for local sporting clubs to cope with Labor’s excessive increases in energy prices,” Ms Peulich said.
“Daniel Andrews’ ideological power policies are threatening reliable, affordable and secure energy supplies leaving Greater Dandenong sporting clubs stranded in an energy crisis.”
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