ISIS CLUB AWARDED FUNDS

Club gains funds for new pitch

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

SAFETY is the key word for Isis Cricket Club when it comes to how they will spend $33,580 in re­cently awarded funds.

Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett an­nounced the club was suc­cess­ful in their ap­pli­ca­tion for funds in the lat­est round of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

Isis pres­i­dent Rod­er­ick Jensen said the money would go to­wards repo­si­tion­ing the pitch, which presents a po­ten­tially danger­ous sit­u­a­tion for bats­men.

Mr Jensen ex­plained bats­men look di­rectly into the af­ter­noon sun as it sets, mak­ing it al­most im­pos­si­ble to see the ball.

He said the club looked for­ward to up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove safety and al­low flex­i­bil­ity in train­ing times, which were limited to day­light hours due to a lack of light­ing.

“The big­gest is­sue with it is flex­i­bil­ity of train­ing, and the safety as­pect… we can’t train of an af­ter­noon,” he said.

“If funds al­low us, we are hop­ing to put lights on them (the pitch) to train at night as well.

“We have a few play­ers come over from Bund­aberg and by the time they get here they might be 15-30 min­utes out there.”

Mr Bennett said the club was one of six Bur­nett or­gan­i­sa­tions shar­ing more than $132,480 from Round 83 of the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

“The club’s cur­rent train­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­ally are in poor shape at the mo­ment, to the point where it has be­come a safety is­sue for those train­ing on the sub­stan­dard pitch,” Mr Bennett said.

“Th­ese funds will go a long way to help­ing the club im­prove their fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure they are in line with the fa­cil­i­ties other clubs are al­ready for­tu­nate enough to train on.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the younger kids com­ing the ranks of the sport to have ac­cess to safe, ad­e­quate train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

FUNDS: Isis Cricket Club pres­i­dent Rod­er­ick Jensen and Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett.

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