Sharon Jaenke lends a hand to clean up Football Gympie’s facilities after flooding at One Mile Ovals.
Sharon Jaenke lends a hand to clean up Football Gympie’s facilities after flooding at One Mile Ovals. Renee Pilcher

Sport clubs come clean

THE big clean-up has begun for Gympie sporting clubs as volunteers work to remove the marks of a terrible weekend.

While the floodwaters have receded, pressure for clubs to be returned to normal mounts.

After a sleepless Monday night, Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk was stuck into cleaning at 6am yesterday and will take time off work to get the club's several buildings back to standard

after floodwaters went over the roof.

Like at many local clubs, yesterday's task was to hose down buildings.

Kirk said yesterday's cleaning was inside and outside the clubhouse and main canteen. Club officials and volunteers will continue hosing down sheds today.

Speaking early yesterday afternoon, Kirk said the football and cricket canteen and change rooms at One Mile Oval were still flooded and would be top of the agenda for the clean-up today.

He estimated the would would take three to four days.

Next on the list would be disinfecting surfaces and waiting on electrical work to be reinstated.

Kirk said the fields were mucky and the club would wait for hygiene testing before play would resume.

Meanwhile cleaning at the Albert Park grandstand was finished by early yesterday afternoon, with Gympie Cricket Association members chipping in.

Gympie Gold captain Troy Ashton said it could be weeks before cricket could be played on the Albert Park pitch.

Albert Bowls Club members were drying out the clubhouse after 780mm of

water ran over the floors.

The club's flood plan worked well with about 30 members removing equipment and taking it to their homes for safe keeping.

The remaining items left in the club, including bar items, were safe from the flooding and chairman Errol Frank said members would bring the removed items back to the clubhouse within days.

Carpets had been removed from the clubhouse to be cleaned and dried.

Frank said, after a full day's cleaning yesterday, it would take a few days for the clubhouse to dry out, how

ever the greens "fared well" considering the inundation.

He said the club was hoping for members to be back on the green by Sunday for the patron's day.

"It won't be real flash but it will be okay," Frank said.

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