Workers chip in to get players back on field
IT WAS all hands on deck at the Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday morning as a group of dedicated sportsmen and volunteers came together to clean up the mess that Cyclone Debbie made.
Whitsunday Sportspark president Justin Butler said as a result of the monster storm, a fair bit of damage to infrastructure had been sustained.
“All the lights are either broken or not aligned right,” he said.
“Our clubhouse roof is compromised, the back of the netball clubhouse is gone completely, there’s a few smashed windows in the AFL Clubhouse and things like posts and coach boxes have all been damaged.
“Because of the light situation, we won’t be able to play any sport at night for at least two weeks but hopefully the fields themselves will be open next week,” he said.
With the amount of damage quite significant, Mr Butler estimated the total damage to be worth at least $700–900,000.
Steve Tween is on the Sportspark board and said he knew how important sports was to the community.
“It’ll help get the community back on its feet with sports and socialising,” he said.
HANDS-ON: The community comes together to clean up the Whitsunday Sportspark, which was battered during Cyclone Debbie.