Sporting clubs try to clean up after big wet
FLOODWATERS that inundated the sporting clubs lining the Condamine River in Warwick have receded leaving a trail of debris and destruction scattered in and around the grounds.
But it is not just the buildings and grounds that have been affected.
The sand training track at the Warwick Turf Club, described by Warwick Turf Club vice president Nick Inmon as crucial to the community, has once again been left unusable.
Mr Inmon said trainers and their staff, produce suppliers and horse owners would all be left worse off with the track out of action.
Club president Jim Costello estimated the damage to the track to be $35,000.
Closer to town the recently replaced carpet at the Warwick Cowboys clubhouse was badly damaged and ripped up and fences knocked down, leaving volunteers working hard to get the club back up and running before the new season starts up.
Local Member Lawrence Springborg investigated some of the worst-hit sporting clubs in Warwick yesterday.
"Sporting clubs play an important role in the community," he said.
"It is unfortunate for them to go through this for the second time in two years.
"They will bounce back but the bounce is a little bit away at the moment."
Mr Springborg said emergency assistance was available for clubs trying to get back up and running.
"We are going through the assessment process at the moment," he said.
Mr Springborg said any clubs chasing assistance could do so through his offices in Warwick and Stanthorpe. This includes providing reports on damage, estimated costs and applying for emergency assistance.
Call 4681 2160.