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Fundraising

Council recognises the need for community fundraising by schools, sporting clubs and special causes and supports applications for raffles and other events to be conducted on Council-controlled land, such as on footpaths in the city centre.

Approvals are considered under Council's Local Laws to ensure that such fundraising events do not become unfavourable with pedestrians, shoppers or business proprietors and that the cause is legitimate. Guidelines assist in ensuring support and at the same time minimising any amenity issues.

Council has adopted a general policy on what is considered as reasonable:

  • All applications to Council must be submitted on the forms available, at least one month prior to fundraising activity and include the method of collection; the date, time and location of collection; the use or recipient of funds collected; the registered Charity Number (if applicable); and any additional information required by Council.
  • Approval shall not be granted to organisations utilising collectors who receive financial gain.
  • Approval shall only be granted to registered or approved charities or properly constituted groups or organisations.
  • Approval shall only be granted to charities, groups or organisations that have formal local representation, or where there will be a valid local benefit.

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES (ON COUNCIL CONTROLLED LAND)

Councils Local Laws control collections on roads (NB: “Road” includes a highway, street, footpath and nature strip)

L5.107 COLLECTIONS ON ROADS

No person from any road or from house to house adjacent to any road without a permit may solicit or collect any waste materials, gifts of money or subscriptions or cause or authorise another person to do so.

L5.108 GRANTING A PERMIT

In determining whether to grant a permit the Council must have regard to the standards contained in this Local Law.

PART 7 - STANDARDS

S5.15 COLLECTION ON ROADS - states

In determining whether to grant a permit to allow collections, the Council must take into account-

a) The times and days it is proposed to collect;

b) The matter or thing to be collected;

c) The roads or areas in which the collections will take place;

d) The impact on traffic and safety of pedestrians;

e) The age and capacity to supervise participants;

f) Whether an indemnity/guarantee in a form acceptable to the Council has been provided to the Council; and

g) Any other matter relevant to the circumstances of the application.

The controls on fundraising are necessary to ensure that opportunities are available for local fundraising for schools, community groups and sporting bodies, while at the same time ensuring that the collectors are legitimate and don’t cause a nuisance to pedestrians, shoppers and shop traders.

Council has adopted a general policy on what is considered as reasonable:-

a) All applications to Council must be submitted on the forms available, at least one month prior to fundraising activity and include the method of collection; the date, time and location of collection; the use or recipient of funds collected; the registered Charity Number (if applicable); and any additional information required by Council.

b) Approval shall not be granted to organisations utilising collectors who receive financial gain.

c) Approval shall only be granted to registered or approved charities or properly constituted groups or organisations.

d) Approval shall only be granted to charities, groups or organisations that have formal local representation, or where there will be a valid local benefit.

Application forms are available to download from the Permits and Applications page or from the Warrnambool Civic Centre.

For further information contact Manager Health & Local Laws on (03) 5559 4800.

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