Knights' clubhouse may stay

THERE could be a stay of execution for the Ipswich Knights’ Bundamba clubhouse, despite early indications that it would have to be demolished as a result of severe flood damage.

The brick and block building, now owned by Ipswich City Council and leased by the local football club, was up to its roof in water when the floods hit in January.

The findings of a subsequent engineer’s report are yet to be released, meaning the club’s committee is still not sure what will happen this year.

The clubhouse has been barricaded for more than a month and will remain that way until a decision is made.

It is bad timing for the Knights, with the senior team’s season getting under way this weekend and the first home game scheduled for March 19.

Club president Troy Beahan said electricity had at least been restored so floodlights could be used and training could return to the Bundamba ground. However, it may be several weeks before demountable buildings are installed to accommodate dressing rooms and food and drink sales.

“Ipswich City Council has told us the demountables will be there in time for the first fixture,” Mr Beahan said.



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