Shed would be so use­ful

Campaspe News - - PICK MY PROJECT -

RUSTED equip­ment, weath­ered ten­nis nets and rat-in­fested mar­quees.

The Col­binab­bin Foot­ball Net­ball Club is part­ner­ing up with the cricket and ten­nis clubs to lobby for fund­ing in the state gov­ern­ment’s Pick My Pro­ject cam­paign to erect a shed at the recre­ation re­serve.

The three-bay stor­age shed would be 3m x 6m, with sep­a­rate en­try doors for each bay.

Pres­i­dent of the Col­binab­bin Foot­ball Net­ball Club Bernie Ryan said the user groups are lob­by­ing for fund­ing to have one lo­ca­tion to store mul­ti­ple clubs’ equip­ment.

“Cur­rently we have one small stor­age shed on the prop­erty. What that means is the cricket club’s roller gets left out in the weather along with a lot of other main­te­nance gear,” he said.

“We have nowhere to put things like the net­ball goal rings or ten­nis nets — we’re con­stantly mov­ing items around and stor­ing oth­ers off-site in peo­ple’s sheds.’’

Mr Ryan said the club be­gan con­ver­sa­tions with the Shire of Cam­paspe re­gard­ing pos­si­ble grants and fund­ing av­enues, how­ever when the Pick My Pro­ject op­por­tu­nity came up the club de­cided to ap­ply.

“There are a lot of sim­i­lar projects that have come up for other clubs — lights, sheds, fa­cil­i­ties up­grades — so we know we’re against a fair com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“With­out the pro­ject fund­ing we may be wait­ing another five or six years be­fore we can get a shed put up — and that means ex­tra costs put in to main­tain ma­chin­ery which has been left out­side or patch­ing up rat-eaten mar­quees.”

He said the clubs are hav­ing to find lo­ca­tions to store a trades­man’s trailer used by the cricket club, a ride-on mower and sport­ing safety equip­ment in nu­mer­ous sheds and houses.

“The ground­work has been done, we have a site and now we’re just wait­ing for a bit of as­sis­tance,” he said.

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