Renny Jackson-Jansen, 14, with his mum Athena Wilson at the Gracemere Cubs grounds. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
Renny Jackson-Jansen, 14, with his mum Athena Wilson at the Gracemere Cubs grounds. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin Kelly Butterworth

Gracemere Cubs submit six requests in past year, all ignored

FOR Athena Wilson, the Gracemere Cubs Junior Rugby League club is more than just a football team for her sons.

As the secretary of the club, Athena has been working hard to bring extra facilities to the club, including change rooms, storage options and signage to let travelling teams know how to find them.

But Athena said they have been met with numerous issues every time they have approached the Rockhampton Regional Council for help.

She said in the past year, they had asked for six things including a sign on Johnson Rd, to have a small shipping container that was donated placed on the grounds for storage, to plant more trees in the area for shade and to put extra power points in the club house.

"We have sourced a local business that is in the progress of doing up some signs to put on our club house to state we are the home of the Gracemere Cubs," Athena said.

"All of the materials, labour and equipment to do these things have been donated by local Gracemere businesses; there will be no cost to the council or the club."

Athena has spoken to councillor candidate Brett Wass, who said supporting local teams and clubs was a big priority for him.

He said without support from council, local clubs would struggle to grow.

Cr Cherie Rutherford, the committee chair for parks and recreation, said the council has been working well with the Cubs.

"I've been working with the Gracemere Cubs president regarding their requests, including signage, which is progressing," she said.

"The shipping container was only permitted as a temporary solution to assist the club to give them time to access funding and council is happy to help guide them through that process.

"Cedric Archer Park is in the process of being redeveloped and landscaping will be addressed."



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