ISIS CLUB AWARDED FUNDS
Club gains funds for new pitch
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.”
FUNDS: Isis Cricket Club president Roderick Jensen and Burnett MP Stephen Bennett.