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29 January 2011

Goodna Bowls Club recovers from floods

AN ANGELIC army of volunteers saved the Goodna Bowls Club from oblivion after 50 tonnes of mud threatened to suffocate the club's two greens.

Goodna Bowls Club secretary Cathie Wilmington
on the green rescued from sludge.

AN ANGELIC army of volunteers saved the Goodna Bowls Club from oblivion after 50 tonnes of mud threatened to suffocate the club's two greens.

The Goodna club has 65 members, but upwards of 200 people cleared thick mud from the greens in the aftermath of the floods.

The clubhouse has been condemned, but Goodna Bowls Club secretary/treasurer Catherine Wilmington said the club itself will survive thanks largely to community spirit.

She described "a sea of bodies working on the greens – all keen to help".

"When I went down on the Saturday morning after the floods and saw the place I thought we were gone. I thought we will never come out of this," Ms Wilmington said. "But all of those wonderful people came in to help. They got down on their knees to clean the thick mud off our greens and give the grass the opportunity to grow again.

"We believe the greens are saved, but that they will have to have a lot of work on them; a lot of tender care. Our greenkeeper is hoping that they will come up so we can have social play on them within a couple of weeks."

The club wasn't able to get flood insurance, but a contingency plan is in place to replace structural damage.

"Our building has been fenced off and is going to be demolished, but we will be supplied with demountables," Ms Wilmington said.

"We have to make application to the council, but we are hoping to get something for an office, a bar, toilets and that type of thing.

"Many members suffered flood damage to their homes. Now they just want to get back on the greens to lift their spirits.

"Quite a number of our members have been through this and lost as much as us," Ms Wilmington said. "A lot of people are down at the moment. They are just wanting to play bowls."

More flood stories: www.qt.com.au

 

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