FIFTEEN hall committees in the Rural City of Wangaratta have opted into a new group insurance policy after council decided to withdraw its responsibility for the buildings earlier this year.
But at least one of those committees is keen to regain council support in the next 12 months, despite taking up the new policy.
Council announced in May it would no longer be responsible for the building and contents insurance of properties it did not own or manage when those insurance policies expired on June 30.
Many of the 24 hall committees affected by the decision were subsequently quoted individual premiums of up to six times those paid by council to insure the assets.
Director of corporate services Ruth Kneebone said council was advised to withdraw as the insurer for the halls due to a “high risk” that a claim would be denied.
“We received advice from our insurers that because the buildings were not owned or controlled by council, there was a risk that maintenance regimes may not be adequate and a resulting claim may be denied,” Ms Kneebone said.