Kent Murray, Reegan Bickey, Nikki Semfel, Tracey Upton and Mick Callow get their hands dirty cleaning the Rockhampton Touch Association fields and facilities.
Kent Murray, Reegan Bickey, Nikki Semfel, Tracey Upton and Mick Callow get their hands dirty cleaning the Rockhampton Touch Association fields and facilities. Melanie Plane Roktouch

Touch football picks up pieces after being flooded again

TOUCH FOOTBALL: The Rockhampton Touch Association is picking up the pieces and hosing out the mud this week, following the devastation of the recent flood.

Mick Callow has been the president of Rockhampton Junior Touch for five years now, and after enduring three floods in that time, he is just about over it.

Callow said because of the lack of warning this time, the club again lost all its food, freezers, fridges, playing gear and tents and as a non-profit organisation, it would struggle to put together the funds to rebuild.

"An estimated cost to replace everything would be at least $10,000," Callow said.

"Because we had no warning, we couldn't get down and by the time we were told the river was coming up, it was already cut off and that was it.

"We could do with some assistance; we're a non-profit organisation so anything that could come our way would help."

Callow said he had thought about bringing his tinny down to try and rescue some equipment, but with trees down and debris everywhere, it was not worth the risk.

Because we had no warning, we couldn't get down and by the time we were told the river was coming up, it was already cut off and that was it.

"We're hoping the council will get here to get the mud off the fields, that would be the greatest thing that could happen," Callow said.

"We'll get all the general area cleaned up but we're really waiting on the council to come out and see what they're going to do with the fields, they're severely damaged after nearly two weeks underwater."

The flood comes as a double blow to the club - it had just re-surfaced all playing fields and was in the middle of preparations for the state championships planned for next week.

"We'd just topsoiled all the fields and re-levelled them all. They hadn't been done for a while, and that cost us a couple of grand, but that was all washed down the river and would be out the mouth of the Fitzroy by now," Callow said.

"The competition is supposed to start next week. We're going to try and get back as soon as we can but the fields are obviously soaked and they've got to be re-lined and re-topsoiled.

"Once it's all dry it'll be re-levelled and topsoiled and the grass has got to grow through.

"If we can't get back in time we're just going to have to put it off for a couple of months and we'll be back playing as soon as we can. That's our aim anyway."

The Rockhampton Junior Touch Association development day planned for Sunday from 9am-1pm will be relocated to the Colts Rugby Union Club grounds.

For details, phone Denise Edwards on 0409 631 633.



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