Dog club snubbed for flood grant
THE Ipswich Dog Obedience Club faces an uphill battle to recover from the damaging flood after being judged ineligible for the State Government’s sport and recreation flood recovery grants.
Club secretary Tina McKenzie says she’s angry about the decision.
“They’ve informed us that we’re not a sports club – that we’re not in that category,” she said.
“I just don’t understand. It seems as though the dog world has been trying for years to be recognised as a sport and recreation club.
“It is a sport, and it is for health reasons.
“We’ve got some money in the bank, but it’s only enough to keep us ticking along.”
The club’s situation has been raised with the relevant state minister by Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt.
A spokeswoman for Mr Wendt said the club did not fall within national guidelines as an eligible sport.
“We completely empathise with the difficult situation they are in,” she said.
Other avenues of financial assistance are being looked at.
It’s unlikely that recovery dollars will come from the club’s insurers.
“The assessors had looked at our policy and we’re not covered,” Mrs McKenzie said.
The latest inundation caused extensive damage at the Tivoli facility.
“Everything in the clubhouse, bar some plastic chairs and tables, has been totally ruined,” Mrs McKenzie said.
On a brighter note, a sister club at Caboolture has donated $5000 and other affiliated clubs have offered help.
“The ETU have had electricians here who have donated their time,” Mrs McKenzie said.
The 250 club members hope to resume meetings by the end of this month.
“We’ve got to start earning some money,” Mrs McKenzie said.
IPSWICH dog owners have been warned to protect their pets against heartworm following the floods
Heartworm is a parasite that is passed from animal to animal, after a mosquito bite
Symptoms include lethargy, coughing, loss of appetite and a swollen abdomen
People who suspect their pet may be infected should talk to their vet immediately