The Mary River in flood in January.
The Mary River in flood in January. Alistair Brightman

Athletics club gets a boost with re-building

FIVE months after floodwaters washed away its running track, contaminated its sandpits and gutted its canteen, the Maryborough Amateur Athletics Club has begun its re-building process in earnest.

One of five local clubs to share in more than $60,000 in funding as part of the State Government's Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program, the athletics club in Tinana was one of the worst hit during the floods earlier this year.

President Gavin Grantz said the $25,000 had come at "just the right time".

"We've had to do a lot of work and the bank account is down," he said.

Other recipients include the Brothers Junior Rugby League Football Club, Maryborough Sailing Club, Fraser Coast Rugby League and Wide Bay Archers.

"This vital aid for our grassroots sporting and recreation clubs is testament to the Newman Government's determination to see them back up and running as soon as possible," Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said.

"Clubs were able to apply for up to $25,000 in government funding to go toward replacing equipment and facilities.

"The response to the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program has been overwhelming and highlights the destruction caused by the heavy rain and flooding following ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald."

WHO GOT WHAT

Maryborough Amateur Athletic Club - $25,000

Brothers Junior Rugby League Club - $11,500

Maryborough Sailing Club - $11,100

Fraser Coast Rugby League Club - $9000

Wide Bay Archers - $7700



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