National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Minister Steve Dickson views the flood damage at Kandanga Bowls Club with Member for Gympie David Gibson (centre), club treasurer Julie Worth and greens director Tom Marshall.
National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Minister Steve Dickson views the flood damage at Kandanga Bowls Club with Member for Gympie David Gibson (centre), club treasurer Julie Worth and greens director Tom Marshall. Lee Gailer

Hopes in the ditch for bowls club greenkeeper

THE man responsible for maintaining the greens at Kandanga Bowls Club is sick and tired of cleaning up after floods.

Tom Marshall has been involved in repairing the bowls club grounds after eight floods in his time as volunteer greenkeeper and he's "had enough", he told State Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson yesterday.

Mr Dickson's visit to the bowls club was part of a tour of flood-damaged sporting and recreation facilities, widespread across the region.

He was shown photographs of the bowls club under water and told the repair costs would amount to around $75,000.

But it was the long-term solution that was on the minds of the Kandanga Bowls Club board, not just securing the $25,000 in flood funding offered by the State Government.

The club's board was seeking feedback on a plan to relocate to the top of the hill. The land it has in mind was acquired by the then Labor Government to move the bowls club and make way for the Traveston Dam.

Mr Dickson asked what relocating would cost and according to "project scoping" by the club, the answer was more than $3 million.

"There is no money to fund something like that," Mr Dickson immediately said.

"However bad you've got it here, you've got to think about Bundaberg. There's always going to be someone worse off."

Mr Dickson explained that Federal Government flood recovery funding no longer included sport and recreational facilities or national parks.

"I can't guarantee anything," he said.

Gympie Times


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