THE grand opening of the Rolleston Community Oval Expansion Project took place at the weekend.
The opening was celebrated with a community fun day supported by CHRC Drought Relief funding.
Kristy Gibson, project co-ordinator, said the aim of the day was for the community to come together and enjoy the oval.
"It is a day to say thank you to the community,” she said.
In 2013 the idea of extending the Rolleston Community Oval to accommodate a 400m running track was taken up by the community's P&C.
The addition of the running track will allow Rolleston to host district athletics carnivals at the oval instead of using facilities at its neighbouring town of Springsure.
Mrs Gibson said being able to host the district carnivals provided many benefits for the community.
"Hosting the carnivals will bring people to our town, eliminate travel for our children, bring money to our P&C as well as added benefits for the children competing.”
The project was completed over three stages. It is the result of tireless effort, community support and donations.
The oval now has a new running track, a watering system, long jump pits, a cricket pitch, netball posts and a discus ring.
Deputy mayor Gail Godwin-Smith opened the extension and said the oval was a testament to the hard work of the community.
"The standard to which this community asset is maintained is a credit to the Gibson family and the Rolleston Cricket Club who are the custodians of the oval on behalf of council.
"When visitors to Rolleston like Allan Border and Kerry O'Keeffe comment that it is one of the best maintained ovals they have seen in regional Queensland, then that is something the Rolleston community can be truly proud of.”
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