The end for Wakool

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THE WAKOOL Foot­ball Net­ball Club has gone into re­cess for the sec­ond time in four years (and more than likely for ever) and our old mate from Moulamein, China Gibson, is blam­ing the Murray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity for play­ing a big part in its demise.

In his pop­u­lar weekly col­umns in the Swan Hill Guardian, Barham Bridge and Hay Gra­zier news­pa­pers China claims the au­thor­ity has taken 50 per cent or more of ir­ri­ga­tion water from the Wakool area — and many oth­ers in the Rive­rina for that mat­ter— which has equated to al­most 50 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion hav­ing to move from the district.

Some of those who have had to leave are foot­ballers and net­ballers who have kept the Wakool Foot­ball Net­ball Club, which has com­peted in the Golden Rivers League since 1958, afloat.

In that time it has won seven flags, the lat­est just five years ago in 2013.

Wakool Foot­ball Net­ball Club did go into re­cess in 2016 but res­ur­rected it­self last sea­son with a lot of hard yards by a small band of club stal­warts. But the club has now con­ceded it is not pos­si­ble for the town to con­tinue pro­duc­ing foot­ball and net­ball teams given the cur­rent cir­cum­stances.

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