OVAL UPGRADE: The Rolleston oval has had a major overhaul.
OVAL UPGRADE: The Rolleston oval has had a major overhaul. Contributed

Rolleston is running for joy

THE Rolleston community may be battling the drought, but a new running track and oval is definitely lifting spirits.

School physical education teacher and community member Kristy Gibson said the project to get a 400m oval in place was one which had been ongoing for about three years.

But a community grant from the Central Highlands Regional Council really pushed the project into gear.

"Half the turf for the oval arrived on Monday the 28th (September)," Ms Gibson said.

"The community's help and support to lay the turf was amazing.

"The first semi of 20 pallets was laid in 45 minutes."

The wait is now on for rain, with the community not wanting to put too much of a strain on the water supply.

"We will give this turf a chance to get itself established and wait for a bit of rain to replenish water supplies before the last load is laid," she said.

"Money for this turf was attained through a Glencore grant, CHRC community grant and a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant along with generous donations from community members - Priddle Brother, Chris and Robyn Priddle, Matt and Shona Edwards and the Copping family.

"We were also fortunate to receive donations from the Rolleston Campdraft committee and the Callide Dawson Working Stock Horse Association.

"We were also donated some conveyer belt from Fred Noffke to help finish the long jump pits and the use of Ben Knight's and Hayden Jones's bobcats to unload the trucks and tidy up."

The Capricornia Correctional Centre Springsure work camp men also helped with the project.

"A big thanks to the work gang that travelled over from Springsure and helped for the day," Ms Gibson said.

"Finally thank you to the wonderful Rolleston community - without your help we couldn't have made it this far."

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire was out in Rolleston to help lay the turf, and said community projects were vital to keep small towns going.

"Groups like this do great work in our community and council is happy to provide assistance through our community grants program," Cr Maguire said.

"Rolleston Cricket Club and the whole Rolleston community are sure to enjoy hours of fun on the new turf over the summer."


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