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Sports clubs score funds to replace structures after Marcia

KEEP ON BOWLING: Merle Moore and Eileen Cavanagh enjoy a game at the Rockhampton Bowls Club.
KEEP ON BOWLING: Merle Moore and Eileen Cavanagh enjoy a game at the Rockhampton Bowls Club. Allan Reinikka Rokabowls

ALTHOUGH the women of the Rockhampton Bowls Club were playing under cover during yesterday's lunchtime shower, getting onto the green proved to be a bit of a problem.

President of the club's ladies division Merle Moore said the current drainage didn't cope well with rain and often left the areas surrounding the bowling green soaking wet.

But all this will change thanks to a State Government grant to help the club get back on its feet after Cyclone Marcia.

The club will receive $18,091 to replace shade sails torn in the storm with a solid aluminium roof connecting the existing roof and clubhouse.

They're among six Central Queensland sporting clubs to receive assistance after the February cyclone.

Ms Moore said the club was a vital part of the community, providing a social outlet for its members and welcoming visitors from outside the region.

"I'm a widow, so it's wonderful for me to have companionship," she said.

"This is a very friendly club."

Rockhampton MP and Minister for Sport and Racing Bill Byrne said funding for the groups had been approved under the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program, providing up to $25,000 assistance.

"We will continue to support local sport and recreation clubs in their time of need as they are a vital element of local communities, particularly in regional Queensland communities," Mr Byrne said.

Sporting help

Rockhampton Bowls Club: $18,091

Rockhampton BMX Club, $20,000

Victoria Park Gymnastic and Trampoline Club, $17,675

Broadmeadows Clay Target Club, $27,084

Callide Valley BMX Club, $24,500

Central Burnett Motorcycle Club, $22,335

Topics:  cyclone marcia sports clubs state government



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