Shed would be so useful
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.