Torbanlea races trot out $15K
THE TORBANLEA Picnic Races committee will donate most of its $15,000 profit from this year's event to building a brand new football field at the Torbanlea Recreation Reserve.
“It's great that even after the massive operating costs of the races are taken out, we still have enough funds on hand to build the new field,” said committee member Bradley Roderick, who was thrilled to make the announcement yesterday.
Dozens of sporting organisations including junior and senior football clubs, a soccer club, an Aussie rules club, the Little Athletics and Active Riders use the Torbanlea reserve all year round.
“The reserve serves the entire Burrum district and is perhaps the biggest on the Fraser Coast,” Mr Roderick said.
“Every year we try to not only maintain the reserve but add something to it.
“The new field will be built before Christmas.”
Scott Duncan, president of Burrum District Rugby League, said the club was stoked with the announcement.
“With two fields we'll be able to have a full day of competition out here rather than split rounds,” he said.
“We'll be able to get bigger crowds in and it will be great for training sessions.
“Often we have four or five teams using the one field.
“Eventually we'll probably be able to get grants for lighting so we can host night games.
Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen applauded the TPR committee on yesterday's announcement.
“Torbanlea is a great venue - it has probably the most spacious sporting facilities of the entire region.
“Seeing what they achieve should inspire communities everywhere.
“People like Bradley Roderick and the tiny group that works towards this event all year long should be congratulated.
“They bring together an enormous group of community members who volunteer to make this all happen and all towards improving local facilities for the future.”
Edith Rutherford, the races' media co-ordinator and Burrum district resident, said she was thrilled to see the races going from strength to strength.
“In the last two years to the races have accelerated in growth vastly,” she said.
“It's all thanks to increased media coverage, sponsors and supporters.”