Stadium to bounce back from damage
THERE is light at the end of the tunnel for Ipswich Basketball after it received the news it had begged for since January’s disastrous flood wrecked its only stadium.
Ipswich State Member Rachel Nolan yesterday announced that Ipswich Basketball Association would receive $72,500 to recover from the floods.
That is the maximum amount a sporting association can receive in government flood-relief funding.
A five metre-high wall of water trashed the Ipswich Basketball Stadium at Bundamba during the flood.
The floor of the main court, which hosts Ipswich Force’s Queensland Basketball League games and hundreds of matches throughout the year, had to be completely replaced while the canteen, seating and courts two and three were also ruined.
Like most of flood-affected Ipswich, the association had no insurance cover for flooding.
It will ultimately cost the association $500,000 to fix all the damage.
Ms Nolan said Ipswich Basketball Association would receive the funding to repair its stadium and equipment.
“In the days following the floods, Sports Minister Phil Reeves and I visited Ipswich Basketball Association and promised to help,” Ms Nolan said.
“Today the Bligh Government delivers on this promise by donating $72,500 in funding.”
Ipswich Basketball Association secretary Amber Bartels said the funding was a great relief.
“The stadium was absolutely trashed and the damage to the building was incredible,” she said.
“The fact we got the maximum amount of funding will help us out immensely in getting back to normality.”