Hockey president Peter Pickering and Freemasons’ John Francis.
Hockey president Peter Pickering and Freemasons’ John Francis. Shannon Newley

Boost for hockey club

YET another group has stepped forward to help out the Warwick Hockey Club get one step closer to hitting the home turf after its field was obliterated in last year's floods.

This time the Queensland Freemasons chipped in nearly $30,000 to help refurbish the lighting control boxes and replace the lawn mowers and irrigator.

Warwick Freemasons spokesman John Francis said the flood appeal had raised $1 million for 30 community groups across the state.

"Once the flood waters receded and the mud was scraped away, we knew many community organisations like the Warwick Hockey Association would need help," he said.

"The hockey club has such a strong community presence and when we found out they had lost everything, we wanted to provide as much support as possible."

Warwick Hockey Association spokeswoman Sheryl Windle said the Freemasons' donation had helped the association recover just in time for the new season.

"We managed to run the junior competition on our grass fields last season, but as we were unable to replace our synthetic surfaces in time, the seniors had to travel to Toowoomba to play competitively," she said.

"Playing away from home for so long was tough on them, so it will be great to see our seniors competing on home turf again."

Ms Windle said while they moved some items to higher ground before the flood, they didn't expect such widespread damage to the grounds.

"We lost everything including our synthetic surface, playing equipment, electrical infrastructure and canteen equipment," she said.

"One of our grandstands was completely destroyed and planks were strewn across the car park.

"Our goal nets and fences were also washed away and as we're on a flood plain, we didn't have any insurance."

Ms Windle said the donation had allowed them to provide facilities needed for the senior competition.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Freemasons we've been able to refurbish our five light boxes," she said.



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