Flood relief sees tennis rebound
KEN Hick bends over to collect a handful of sand from the tennis court, examining the fine particles as he rubs them between his fingers.
The Tennis Queensland project manager for flood recovery visited Warwick Tennis Club this week to look at progress on the $87,000 repair job to the courts and club house.
For the untrained eye his inspection of the sand would seem a pointless task, but its layering on the courts plays a vital role.
"The green sand isn't as effective because it is hard to see when it blends into the court," he explained.
"The white sand, while it doesn't look as nice, is easier to see where to put it down and is a lot finer. That way the ball won't bounce differently."
Mr Hick visited the Warwick Tennis Club along with Tennis Queensland CEO Cameron Pearson and Michael Blomer.
The group combined their Warwick trip to see progress at tennis clubs in Toowoomba and Fassifern.
The three said they were satisfied with the level of repairs at Warwick.
"We're just making sure the quality of the building is what we wanted to see, and making sure the contractors are doing a good job - not that we were particularly worried about that," Mr Hick said.
"Warwick is probably a couple of weeks away from being finished.
"We've got to paint and re-surface some of the courts, and do a bit of work at the synthetic courts."
The clubhouse, with a fresh coat of paint and new, renovated bathrooms and change rooms, has already been ticked off the to-do list.
"It's been a great (flood recovery) project and we're really proud with how it's gone," Mr Hick said.
State Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said he was pleased the Queensland Government and Tennis Queensland had been able to contribute about $60,000 to help get Warwick tennis players back on court.
"I'm sure club members will be looking forward to new synthetic grass on one court and the resurfacing of the other two courts, as well as repair work to the clubhouse," he said.
"I'd also like to thank Tennis Queensland. Under Flood Fightback we're also providing over $615,000 to assist other sport and recreation clubs in Warwick ."
Mr Reeves will host a free barbecue on Wednesday at Queens Park, from 4.30pm.