Warwick hockey rebuilding committee members Sheryl Windle (left) and Glenn Eastwell (right) with Mayor Peter Blundell in front of the new dugouts at Queens Park.
Warwick hockey rebuilding committee members Sheryl Windle (left) and Glenn Eastwell (right) with Mayor Peter Blundell in front of the new dugouts at Queens Park. Gerard Walsh

Rebuild wins mayoral tick

SOUTHERN Downs Mayor Peter Blundell has described the volunteer work at Queens Park to rebuild a flood-devastated facility as "absolutely brilliant".

Cr Blundell inspected the facility this week as work continued on a new technical bench and two dugouts.

"They have turned it into an international-standard facility," Cr Blundell said.

"I came down after it was destroyed in the flood and a couple of weeks ago and the progress is astounding."

Flood rebuilding committee chairman Glenn Eastwell said he had received great co-operation from the Southern Downs Regional Council, from the ladies at the front counter to the top level.

"We will have all work finished before we host the Queensland under-13 boys championships on June 25-29," Eastwell said.

"The Warwick Hockey Association hosted Australian Hockey League matches in the late 1990s; we had AHL games as well as state and national under-18 boys' championships in 1998.

"There has to be a rethink of the move to take AHL games away from the country - we want to get some games back."

It is now a requirement for top-level hockey that the technical bench and dugouts for each team be as close to halfway as possible.

The benches are being rebuilt in front of the clubhouse on halfway.

While there are hopes to attract major hockey to Warwick, Eastwell said the main reason the facility had been rebuilt was for the club players of Warwick, including a large number of juniors.

Committee member Sheryl Windle said the top of the technical bench and dugouts would be used to comfortably seat 150 spectators on a viewing platform.

"There is no plan at this stage to put a roof on the viewing platform," she said.

Cr Blundell said the master plan for the Queens Park area meant the council was ready to take advantage of funding opportunities.

"There are no doubt sensitivities to be considered," he said. "Master plans are for implementation over a period of time."

Eastwell said, while work on the new London blue surface was finished and club fixtures were being played, volunteers were still needed from 7am each Saturday to finish additional work before the state championships.



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