New pride of place

HOME TURF: Felicity York is all smiles after she turned out to lay turf at the Rolleston Community Oval earlier this month.
HOME TURF: Felicity York is all smiles after she turned out to lay turf at the Rolleston Community Oval earlier this month. Contributed

THREE years on from the project's inception and with countless helping hands and 60 pallets of turf, the Rolleston Community Oval is just a few finishing touches away from completion.

Rolleston State School Health and PE teacher Kristy Gibson - the driving force behind the project - said the sporting hub had truly become the "heart of the town" and the community was already revelling in the benefits.

"It's something that they are all proud of and everybody in the town has contributed in some form or fashion," Kristy said.

"Especially with the kids laying the turf. They feel a sense of responsibility - that's their space, they are going to try and cherish it."

Originally dreamed up by the P&C but handed over to the cricket club for a grant application, the oval now boasts a new cricket pitch, removable poles for two beach volleyball and two netball courts, two double long jump pits and 400m and 800m tracks.

It will soon also offer a concreted discus ring with dual-purpose safety nets.

"The whole idea was to extend our oval space so we could fit a 400m running track up there and then we can host district athletic carnivals and Central Highlands athletic carnivals, as well as have a facility for our kids to run 400m and 800m and relays," Kristy explained.

But for Kristy, fellow parents and young sporting enthusiasts, it means so much more than that.

"(The children are) performing on a facility that is above any others that I have travelled to," she said.

"For us to be able to host carnivals and have other people travel to us for a change... is a miracle.

"Our kids get to sleep in rather than travel miles."

The entire project has cost about $63,000 with funding from the cricket club and various grants, including $20,592 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

With an athletics carnival at the facility in 11 weeks time, Kristy hopes to have the oval completed within the month.

Topics:  central queensland rolleston

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