Coun­cil steps in to save club

Wa­ter issue solved as polocrosse thrives


ONLY a few moths ago the Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club was in a dire po­si­tion, won­der­ing whether it would be able to host its an­nual championships.

Club pres­i­dent Murray Sturgess said the con­cerns arose due to a lack of wa­ter, after the club was cut off from its reg­u­lar source.

“With the re­lo­ca­tion of the wa­ter treat­ment works we were ef­fec­tively cut off from ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter that we sourced for 30-odd years,” Mr Sturgess said.

Thank­fully, the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil has stepped up to the plate and helped the club out.

“They’ve (the WDRC) come up with an al­ter­na­tive to supply us with ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter,” Mr Sturgess said.

“Paul McVeigh and our lo­cal coun­cil­lors came to the so­lu­tion of get­ting us wa­ter from the creek rather than the river.

“The wa­ter is now flow­ing and the fields are ir­ri­gated and ready to roll.”

Mr Sturgess said the as­sis­tance has en­sured the club’s long-term sur­vival.

“It’s not only kept this event alive, it’s our fu­ture... we were in a dust bowl re­ally.

“It’s been a saviour. Our fa­cil­ity would have gone from one of the best in the state to just another fa­cil­ity.

“We can’t thank the Western Downs Coun­cil enough be­cause it’s saved our hide.”

Coun­cil spokesper­son for util­i­ties Peter Sax­elby said he was happy to help out.

“We had a round ta­ble meeting and dis­cussed the best way to help get ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter to the Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club fields, and that in­volved coun­cil’s wa­ter de­pot per­son­nel, the polocrosse club mem­bers, Mayor McVeigh and my­self,” Cr Sax­elby said.

“It’s a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ini­tia­tive. Chin­chilla’s is one of the largest polocrosse clubs we have in our re­gion and has staged in­ter­na­tional and na­tional car­ni­vals.”

THANK­FUL: Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club pres­i­dent Murray Sturgess (second from left) has praised the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil for help­ing the club with its wa­ter is­sues.

Chin­chilla takes on War­wick in D-grade at the Chin­chilla Polocrosse Car­ni­val last year.

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