Where to from here for fields?

SEETHING: Amanda Harrold from the Stanthorpe Sports Association with Stanthorpe Cricket president Luke Brady and volunteer and cricketer Mark Lanza.
SEETHING: Amanda Harrold from the Stanthorpe Sports Association with Stanthorpe Cricket president Luke Brady and volunteer and cricketer Mark Lanza. Matthew Purcell

CRICKET: People power is keeping the cricket season afloat, with volunteers giving up a huge amount of time over the holidays to ensure the season can begin again this Saturday.

The situation surrounding the maintenance of the McGlew St sporting fields remains up in the air after it was announced the State Government intended to cull a vital initiative.

An agreement had been in place that meant the Warwick Work Camp Women in Custody Program took care of upkeep - but after next week that's no more.

"We are still hopeful the minister will consider overturning the decision to mow only the surrounds and not the playing fields,” Amanda Harrold from the Stanthorpe Sports Association said.

"I am worried for the future of sports in Stanthorpe.”

Prior to the State Government coming on board, Southern Downs Regional Council had assisted in the maintenance and before them the old Stanthorpe Shire Council.

"It was never a problem with Stanthorpe Shire Council - we worked hand in hand - it has only been since amalgamation (things changed),” Harrold said.

"It started a long time ago with cricket and them donating the land back to Stanthorpe Shire Council.

"There was an agreement there that council would maintain it and they had done for the past 60 years.

"There is such a burden placed on volunteers running these clubs.

"This could be the final blow for sports in Stanthorpe, the community can only give so much.”

Cricket will play this weekend with three games across Friday night and Saturday.

"We'll play this week, I believe the women will mow next week and games that weekend should be as per schedule - then after next Saturday it's probably a bit up in the air still... don't really know what's going

to happen,” Stanthorpe Cricket president Luke Brady said.

It also places Australia Day's Super 8s competition up in the air.

"If we don't have that fundraiser it makes everything tough for the year,” Brady said.

"We're just relying on a handful of volunteers at the moment.

"I think once people go back to work though that's going to be an issue.”

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