Bundaberg Netball Association President Karen Holloway is devastated by the damage the flood has caused to the courts and buildings.
Bundaberg Netball Association President Karen Holloway is devastated by the damage the flood has caused to the courts and buildings. Max Fleet

Netball court in the middle

BUNDABERG Netball Association is reeling after losing almost everything when Daph Geddes Park at Kendalls Flat was submerged in floodwaters last week.

Association president Karen Holloway said all their electrical equipment, canteen, office equipment, nipper and representative uniforms, post pads and balls were ruined.

They also suffered major damage to their courts and buildings.

Association members and other members of the community have rallied to clear the facility of debris and clean up since the water subsided on Saturday.

Holloway said their committee would meet last night to discuss the situation and make decisions.

Their executive had previously met and Holloway said one of their recommendations was to delay the originally set new season start date of March 12 by at least one month.

“We got some of our freezers out before the flood but the problem was that we were told there would only be a metre of water there, so we did not rush in,” Holloway said.

“But then it came up so quick that we could not get in and take stuff out, and it came over all our roofs.

“There is also a lot of sinking on the courts, and we are waiting on a plan of action from Rapid Assessment, and to see what the council can do, but the dollar signs just keep getting bigger.

“One court has a big hole in it and there is sinking across the main two courts.

“At best, we might be able to play there by mid-April, but if we have to replace the courts, it is going to be longer than that.

“We will also have to get the canteen up and running but if it is the worst-case scenario and we have to replace a minimum of six courts, it would take to July.

“(But) that would push the season right back to October when it would interfere with other sports.”

Holloway said playing different divisions at different venues to start the season was an option.

“But with people going all over the place, you can't run the canteen which is our money-maker,” she said.

“The good thing is we had something like 150 volunteers over three days helping with the clean-up, including 71 on Saturday.

“And people who don't even play netball were here to help which was just amazing, and the council and SES have been great too.

“We are all basically washed out now.

“Everyone is exhausted but the job has only just begun.

“Still, we will get there.”



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