Gympie Football struggles to deal with massive power bill
AN ELECTRICITY bill of $1600 has hit Gympie Football Club hard, just at a time when they can least afford it.
The club is still reeling from a $50,000 repair bill to reopen the clubhouse after floodwater reached the roof of the building in the Australia Day weekend flood, just over a month ago.
Gympie Football Club president Trevor Kirk said the amount on the bill wasn't right.
During the floods the electronic electricity meters were not removed from the clubhouse and went under water.
Consequently the meter reading was lost and the club's energy supplier gave them an estimated reading of $1600.
Mr Kirk said the estimation was flawed because part of the account was based on consumption over winter.
During winter the club's field lights run constantly.
"During summer we don't use any lights," Mr Kirk said.
"We only have a few lights on in the clubhouse," he said.
It has disputed the bill without any success and has now gone to Gympie MP David Gibson for assistance.
Mr Kirk is hoping the electricity provider will see sense and adjust the bill for the sake of the football community.