Clubs grate­ful for sport­ing chance

Townsville Bulletin - - News - De­tails: Page 81

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.’’

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