Crossover co-operation tips

THERE are often challenges regarding the crossover of seasons for sporting facilities.

Some governing bodies extend their fixtures, pre-season training, new hybrid competitions outside of the normal season and general field maintenance.

Some of these challenges were discussed at a recent forum hosted by Parks and Leisure Australia with some potential outcomes identified.

Co-operation by clubs, state sporting organisations and council is required to ensure access to facilities is maintained and the facilities remain available for ongoing use. Consider:

  • having a five-month season to allow for finals and maintenance work;
  • increased communication between sports users and Council will allow for better planning of events, finals and maintenance;
  • clubs across the season working together to maintain fields so that there is not as much work to do between seasons; plan finals on sport specific fields to free up multi-use facilities.

As we enter another winter season, keep in mind these options.


Vital volunteers

KICKSTART 2015 by attending an information session on creating a culture of volunteers.

Volunteers are the life blood of clubs but it seems we never have enough.

To pick up some tips on attracting, managing and working with volunteers come along to the session at the North Ipswich Reserve on Thursday, March 5, from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Make your job easier and those of your current hard working volunteers.

Sports Community will be available to provide expert tips and information. To register, email


Adventure races

GET into adventure racing at Kholo Gardens.

The first event of this kind will head to Ipswich in March and is open to all to try.

Take on the adventure headfirst with the 12 and 16 hour courses. Or, for those starting out, make it a family day and enjoy the family challenge around Kholo gardens.

For those that enjoyed the Mud Lark in the Park on Sunday, come long to the family adventure day to get back to nature at Kholo.

The Adventure Race will be held on March 27 and 28. The family day will run from 11am on Saturday, March 28.

For more information, visit

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