ABC Radio discussion of price increases
Just got a heads up re a discussion on ABC/5AN (Matt Abraham and David Bevan) regarding the recent increase in prices for basketball in SA.
Angela had called up to note the increase of $7.50 to $9.00 and said that it would have an impact on those playing more than once a week particularly. She was playing 4 times a week, I think.
5AN spoke with Ron Green, Acting BASA CEO. They confirmed that he was previously from Unley Council and that he'd played basketball in the past.
They asked Green why BASA had put the prices up. After an early stumble, Green talked about the increase in costs of cleaning, electricity and so on. Also said that the increase from the GST a few years ago was never made, but BASA can no longer absorb that cost.
The mention of referees comes a bit later in the piece. He suggests that 25-30% of the increase goes towards an increase in pay for referees.
5AN asks what other avenues were considered before the increase. Green said they looked at the cost of stadium staff, cleaning, etc to see if reductions could be made there first.
5AN mentions Netball and Soccer as receiving government assistance recently. Green mentions the $10.45m debt to the government and says that the government is helping basketball by currently waiving debt payments.
David from Edwardstown calls up. He remembers it being $3.50 per game to play. Said that he'd had no warning of the increase after the Masters Games. Says he's thinking about stopping playing with the cost and petrol prices as well.
Green assures listeners that they agonised over the decision and worked for a couple of months over the figures before making it.