Work­ers chip in to get play­ers back on field

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

HANDS-ON: The com­mu­nity comes to­gether to clean up the Whit­sun­day Sportspark, which was bat­tered dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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