Neville Watson Oval now open for business

River Heads Reserve opening - Neville Watson takes first bat after the new cricket oval was officially opened in his name. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
River Heads Reserve opening - Neville Watson takes first bat after the new cricket oval was officially opened in his name. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

AFTER a decade-long labour of love by Neville Watson, the River Heads man has been honoured with the opening of an oval bearing his name.

Billie Rustin, President River Heads Progress Association said Neville has been a driving force for the oval, working closely with council and the community in the process despite battling cancer for the past 12 months.

"Since the beginning he's been a very strong influence in the oval to the point where he has gone there when it was just overgrown land and used his personal ride on to mow tracks around the outside of it," she said.

"He's worked tirelessly to get the Reserve and more recently the oval."

The River Head Progress Association invited members of the community to attend the opening of the Neville Watson Oval on Sunday.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell officially opened the oval by bowling the first ball to the man himself, Mr Watson who has worked tirelessly since 2004 to push for the development of the oval and the River Heads Reserve.

Neville, whose two children flew from as far as Sydney and Brisbane to attend the opening as a surprise, said he is humbled by the gesture and praised the oval as a community effort.

"It is a great honour but we still have a long way to go," he said.

"Our next focus will be a walking and riding track and we hope the community makes use of the facilities so we can develop it further."

The day was marked with a cricket match between the Fraser Coast council and the River Head Progress Association.

Councillors Darren Everard, George Seymour, Trevor McDonald and Robert Garland proved they were best suited to office life as River Heads won the match 88 to 66.

Ms Rustin said while it was a tough game for all, some of the councillors came out a little worse for wear.

"Darren was catching and he copped one on the shin and that was a bit sore and while Robert Garland was batting he misjudged a yorker and copped it on the foot."

Topics:  fraser coast hervey bay river heads

More asbestos under CBD in Maryborough

Asbestos being removed from a property along Main Road in Maroochydore. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Work will begin to remove the asbestos.

Drugs and utensils found inside Maryborough house

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The house address was on Mary St.

Joshua's little mate poisoned by a plant

POISONED: Labrador puppy Wallace is fighting for his life after eating a cycad plant, while his teen master Joshua Podd, who has autism, asks where he is.

It is believed the dog ate some of the cycad plant

Local Partners

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

6 auctions on the Fraser Coast this weekend

No Caption

On the hunt for a new house?

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

6 houses in Gympie under $200,000

$170, 000, 9 Norman St, Gympie

These Gympie houses are perfect for investors or first home-buyers

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance