Kent Turnbull, Debbie Cross, Mal Bunney from Gympie Touch with Sports Minister Steve Dickson at the Gympie Touch Grounds.
Kent Turnbull, Debbie Cross, Mal Bunney from Gympie Touch with Sports Minister Steve Dickson at the Gympie Touch Grounds. Tanya Easterby

Cash coming to sports clubs

GYMPIE Touch Association will be one of several Gympie region sports clubs that will breathe a small sigh of relief if the Queensland Government funding comes through to aid their flood recovery efforts.

Gympie Touch Association spokesman Kent Turnbull said any funding would likely go to repairing the association's Albert Park touch fields.

"If it wasn't for council, we wouldn't be playing tonight," Turnbull said after a meeting with National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Minister Steve Dickson yesterday.

A tour of Gympie's flood-affected sporting grounds by the minister yesterday came with the message that sports clubs have not been forgotten and funding would be coming their way.

Dickson said a return to normal for local kids was important after such devastation.

"It's really important to keep kids on the sporting fields," Dickon said.

"I've seen devastation," Dickson said of what he witnessed during the tour.

He said the key cost evident from the tour was that of re-instating power to club grounds.

He has called for clubs to submit cost estimates of the flood damage in coming days, along with photographic evidence, before the funding scheme is rolled out.

Gympie and District Netball Association committee members are yet to tally the total cost of damage done to their Rose St club house after more than a foot of water went through the doors, causing the walls of the club house to expand and leaving committee members with a possible decision of knocking the whole building down.

Meanwhile Gympie Junior Rugby League committee member Ivan Friske has estimated damage to Jack Stokes Oval sits about $6000.

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