Lo­cal clubs left gut­ted

Build­ing fire dev­as­tates sport ju­niors

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Mitchell Craw­ley mitchell.craw­ley@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THREE lo­cal sports clubs still try­ing to re­cover from the re­cent flood have lost more than $10,000 worth of gear in an overnight fire.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to John Rab­jones Oval/les Cave Oval about 11.30pm on Tues­day to re­ports of a build­ing fire.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil said the build­ing, which pro­vided chang­e­rooms and stor­age to the Mur­willum­bah Vul­cans AFL, the Mur­willum­bah Foot­ball Club and Mur­willum­bah Cricket Club, was badly dam­aged and would need to be de­mol­ished and re-built.

Vul­cans com­mit­tee mem­ber Dave Cog­ger said the club had al­ready been strug­gling af­ter los­ing can­teen equip­ment and stock in the re­cent flood. He said the can­teen was the club’s main source of in­come and, with its past three matches called off due to wet weather, this Satur­day’s games were im­por­tant for its fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.

“The U15 girls re­lied on those chang­e­rooms. Now they’ll have to get changed up­stairs with some­one stand­ing at the door – it’s not good,” Mr Cog­ger said.

“It’s not about us, it’s about the kids and get­ting them away from the com­put­ers.

“First there was the flood and now this.”

Mr Cog­ger es­ti­mates the club’s losses from equip­ment stored in the burnt build­ing at around $2500, on top of $5000 in dam­ages from the flood.

Mur­willum­bah Foot­ball Club’s ju­nior di­rec­tor Chris Sha­p­land said all equip­ment was gone, in­clud­ing 60 balls, nets and line mark­ers. The losses are es­ti­mated at around $5000.

“I don’t know how we could play on Satur­day. This place is usu­ally packed with 150 kids. We’re hav­ing a meet­ing to see what we can do,” Mr Sha­p­land said.

The losses for the club’s ju­niors come af­ter its se­niors lost their gear in the flood. Mur­willum­bah Cricket Club also lost $5000 of equip­ment in the fire. Matt Mccann,the coun­cil’s unit co-or­di­na­tor of recre­ation ser­vices, said it was heart­break­ing to see the hard work of vol­un­teers and play­ers al­legedly de­stroyed by van­dals.

“The build­ing will be re­placed and the clubs will no doubt keep go­ing but what’s the point in this sense­less act of van­dal­ism,” Mr Mccann said. “We’ll be do­ing all we can to work with the po­lice and clubs to find out who did this.”

PHOTO: TWEED SHIRE COUN­CIL

IN­SPECT­ING THE DAM­AGE: Po­lice as­sess the re­mains of the dam­aged chang­e­room in Mur­willum­bah.

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