Vol­ley­ball court mys­te­ri­ously pops up at Pos­sum Park

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A GROUP of vol­ley­bal­llov­ing mi­grants re­ceived a big sur­prise when they turned up for their reg­u­lar game a fort­night ago.

Sit­ting around the vol­ley­ball court they had vol­un­tar­ily set-up in Biloela’s Pos­sum Park was a range of unloved con­crete ta­ble and chairs.

The out­door fur­ni­ture, which had pre­vi­ously been scat­tered around the park in Ti­amby Street, had been moved by Ba­nana Shire’s Parks and Gar­dens gang.

Ear­lier this month, a Ba­nana Shire’s Parks and Gar­dens gang em­ployee no­ticed the vol­ley­ball court set up in the heart of Pos­sum Park, ce­mented posts and all.

He wanted to find out more about how the court had sud­denly ap­peared in the park and af­ter talk­ing to a few peo­ple dis­cov­ered that a group of mi­grant meat­work­ers had built the court them­selves and every Sun­day held a se­ries of matches.

Keen to find out more, he turned up one Sun­day and was as­ton­ished to dis­cover a crowd of nearly 40 peo­ple con­gre­gated around the court.

He also no­ticed nu­mer­ous old con­crete ta­bles and chairs dot­ted around the park.

So he took the ini­tia­tive to have his work crew move the out­door fur­ni­ture to the sur­rounds of the court.

Adam Burl­ing, who has lived in Net­ley St, op­po­site the park for six years, is full of praise for coun­cil’s parks and gar­dens gang.

“The ta­bles and chairs rarely get used and when I no­ticed coun­cil pick­ing them up with a fork­lift, I feared they were be­ing re­moved,” Mr Burl­ing said.

He went over to talk with the coun­cil em­ploy­ees and dis­cov­ered why the fur­ni­ture was be­ing moved.

“What the guys have achieved is fan­tas­tic,” Mr Burl­ing said.

Now the old ta­bles and chairs are well used by the peo­ple en­joy­ing the sport­ing spec­ta­cle.

PHOTO: ADAM BURL­ING

GAME TIME: A group of meat works work­ers took it upon them­selves to set up a vol­ley­ball court in Pos­sum Park.

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