University’s Dean Sullivan bats against Northern Brothers Diggers at Rocville Oval during a TCI match earlier this year. Sports clubs who share ground are being urged to identify any potential season conflicts.
University’s Dean Sullivan bats against Northern Brothers Diggers at Rocville Oval during a TCI match earlier this year. Sports clubs who share ground are being urged to identify any potential season conflicts.

Sports clubs urged to band together

THE GARDEN City’s sports fields have been dormant for some time.

However, after recent changes to COVID-19 related restrictions, action is expected to return and Toowoomba Regional Council is keen to help facilitate the process.

“Sport at a social and competitive level plays a key role in the social fabric of every community,” TRC Environment and Community Committee chair Cr James O’Shea said.

“In Toowoomba I think it plays an especially important role because of our proud sporting history.

“Sport helps promote physical and mental health and we (TRC) would love nothing more than to see our sports ovals and facilities back in use because of that.

“Recently council provided micro grants of $499 to 90 community clubs and organisations in an effort to help clubs through these difficult times.

“That was a total $45,000 which was used toward the purchase of things like equipment, online classes and other items.”

TRC is also encouraging sports clubs and committees to open a dialogue with other codes to address any “seasonal” issues.

“With the winter football codes starting a little later than usual there’s a chance they may overlap with the seasons of other sports such as cricket,” O’Shea said.

“With that in mind we’re encouraging everyone to open a dialogue with any other organisations they might share a facility with.

“If they can identify any issues and find a solution that works for everyone that would be fantastic.

“Council may be able to offer help in some cases but if the parties involved can get the ball rolling first it would certainly help.

“We’re all in this together and need to support each other.”



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