Council steps in to save club
ONLY a few moths ago the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club was in a dire position, wondering whether it would be able to host its annual championships.
Club president Murray Sturgess said the concerns arose due to a lack of water, after the club was cut off from its regular source.
"With the relocation of the water treatment works we were effectively cut off from irrigation water that we sourced for 30-odd years,” Mr Sturgess said.
Thankfully, the Western Downs Regional Council has stepped up to the plate and helped the club out.
"They've (the WDRC) come up with an alternative to supply us with irrigation water,” Mr Sturgess said.
"Paul McVeigh and our local councillors came to the solution of getting us water from the creek rather than the river.
"The water is now flowing and the fields are irrigated and ready to roll.”
Mr Sturgess said the assistance has ensured the club's long-term survival.
"It's not only kept this event alive, it's our future... we were in a dust bowl really.
"It's been a saviour. Our facility would have gone from one of the best in the state to just another facility.
"We can't thank the Western Downs Council enough because it's saved our hide.”
Council spokesperson for utilities Peter Saxelby said he was happy to help out.
"We had a round table meeting and discussed the best way to help get irrigation water to the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club fields, and that involved council's water depot personnel, the polocrosse club members, Mayor McVeigh and myself,” Cr Saxelby said.
"It's a community engagement initiative. Chinchilla's is one of the largest polocrosse clubs we have in our region and has staged international and national carnivals.”