NOOSA Dolphins Rugby Union Club registrar Joe Jurisevic has issued a call to arms to all sporting and not-for-profit community organisations who are struggling keep their heads above water with skyrocketing Unitywater bills.
"We need to form a battle front under one banner," Mr Jurisevic said.
He said clubs across the region had been dealing with the new charges levied by Unitywater since the inception of water retailers in 2010.
The impact of the bills has meant numerous clubs are losing volunteers because of the bill-related stress, while others have been forced to consider closure.
"Council's solution to date has been to offer clubs grants to pay their Unitywater bill," he said.
"But we do not want to see clubs standing cap in hand begging for grants every year to maintain community facilities.
He said the council and Unitywater needed to adopt a consistent approach to charges for all clubs.
"In support of the volunteers that man these organisations for the benefit of the communities they serve," he said.
"And the health and social benefits they create for all members.
"There should be a waiver of any fees for all not-for-profit organisations.
At the moment, Unitywater believes dividends it pays to the council could be channelled back to the community.
However, although the council had come to the party for some of last year's bills, it's now Groundhog Day with the clubs again.
The result is that clubs are losing volunteers and those that remain are stressed and considering closing up shop as a final solution.
Now Mr Jurisevic is calling a community forum to discuss the impact Unitywater bills are having on sporting and not-for- profit community organisations across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.
"It was decided to arrange a forum for organisations impacted by Unitywater charges after discussions between members of sporting clubs across the Coast discovered they were similarly involved in trying to resolve issues with outstanding Unitywater bills," he said.
"The total number of volunteer organisations, volunteers and members that these charges are having an impact on across the regions, and the total of the charges to all clubs is unknown, but could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each year."
The meeting will be held at Maroochydore Cricket Club, Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim, at 7pm on September 5.
Inquiries can be emailed to: email@example.com or phone Joe on 0409 023 680 or Nathan on 0414 185 765.