BLOG: Biloela's scattered sports

HERE I was thinking that I had become deluded from constantly banging my head against a brick wall.

This great town is fortunate to have so many successful sporting clubs who have produced numerous champions.

But it seems a complete waste of money, and resources like water and volunteer time, to have so many fields and facilities scattered all over town.

To me anyway, it just makes economic and environment sense for sporting clubs to share facilities and equipment, rather than clubs having their own little patch of dirt that gets used no more than a couple of hours every week for only six months of the year.

I have voiced this opinion several times, but just threw my arms in the air because nobody seemed to agree or care.

But last week, a relatively new, but high profile identity in Biloela volunteered his view on the matter.

He said one of the first things he noticed about the town, much to his bewilderment, was the number of small sporting clubs sprinkled in and around town.

To him it didn't make sense that a town this size didn't have a multi-purpose sports complex.

He was puzzled that so many small clubs had managed to survived given the enormous burden placed on them to firstly establish their grounds and amenity blocks, then to water, mow and maintain their fields and also replace equipment when it broke down.

He went so far as to say the town planners from many decades ago who allowed this scatter gun approach to sporting development should have been hung.

I just sat back, listened to his wise words, smiled and nodded in agreement.

It seems a complete waste of money

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