Clubs grateful for sporting chance
COMING BACK: Sporting club facilities across the North were devastated by Cyclone Yasi MORE than $ 90,000 will be delivered to battered sporting clubs across N o r t h Q u e e n s l a n d through the first round of t he Bounce Back sports grant initiative.
The Townsville Bulletin, along with News Ltd counterparts the I n n i s f a i l A d v o c a t e , Herbert River Express and Cairns Post, have launched the initiative to help sports clubs and associations struggling to get back on their feet in the wake of Cyclone Yasi.
Grants of up to $ 5000 have been delivered to assist grassroots sporting clubs from Ingham to Innisfail through the recovery process.
The Herbert Ri v e r Pony Club is one of 20 clubs to receive emergency funding after the ferocious system ripped through the North
T h e I n g h a m - b a s e d club has been left to mop u p a f t e r t h r e e floods and the damage associated with Yasi.
A 30-year-old fig tree w a s u p r o o t e d a n d dumped on the stable areas during the recent cyclonic conditions.
Club secretary Sharan Kelley said the damage b i l l was s t i l l b e i n g assessed.
‘‘ Our club has been hit by cyclones and floods in the past, but this year we had both in the one go,’’ she said.
‘‘ We are going to need a crane to lift the fig tree off the stables.
‘‘ The grounds are so wet there is no way we can get machinery on it at the moment.’’