The Chatswood Girl Guides have described Willoughby Council as “stingy” over a rent hike at their hall.
For over 40 years the Chatswood Girl Guides have had an understanding with council for the use of the hall, however a recent contract negotiation has left them feeling shafted.
“Girl Guides have had a dedicated hall in Anglo Park since 1975 and we have always had a peppercorn deal with council which worked quite well,” guide leader Martha Raupp told the North Shore Times.
That contract came to an end in 2016. Under the new deal, council is charging $525 a year in rent and the group will also be responsible for the cost of all utilities, which comes at an excess cost of $300 per quarter.
“The change in rent will put the guides under threat because we don’t operate with a surplus and we pay a lot in insurance and we spend all our money on activities for the girls.
“It just seems really stingy to me,” she said.
Original article from North Shore Times Open Edition