PLAY BALL: Grant writer Jules Entwistle, Kumbia Tennis President Desi Crawford with member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington and South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell.
PLAY BALL: Grant writer Jules Entwistle, Kumbia Tennis President Desi Crawford with member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington and South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell.

BEFORE & AFTER: Whole new ball game for Kumbia club

TENNIS : After the damage done during the Boxing Day storms in 2017, you would be forgiven for thinking the Kumbia Tennis Club had played their last shots.

But in just a little over 12 months, the South Burnett sporting club is smiling again.

After a complete refurbishment to the courts, the fencing, lighting and the clubhouse.

The funds were provided to the club under the Sports Australia’s Move it Aus – Community Sport Infrastructure grant program.

BEFORE: The Kumbia Tennis courts after severe storm damage after Boxing Day 2017 storms.
BEFORE: The Kumbia Tennis courts after severe storm damage after Boxing Day 2017 storms.

AFTER: New refurbished Kumbia tennis courts.
AFTER: New refurbished Kumbia tennis courts.

The Kumbia Tennis Club’s grant writer, Jules Entwistle was very proud to be involved and to see the hard work come to fruition at the official opening on Sunday December 1.

“Kumbia Tennis courts have been in desperate need of a major overhaul for many years,” she said.

“Although the storms were devastating, they acted as a catalyst for us to really be proactive in finding funding to refurbish and renovate the club.”

And refurbish the club they certainly have.

What was once an eyesore, is now a top-quality sporting complex.

The successful grant funding of $146,284 allowed the club to make a number of upgrades.

Court resurfacing and lining, fencing, lighting, nets, posts and umpire chairs mean the residents of Kumbia can once again be proud of their Tennis Club.

The grant has also allowed the club to include new additions, a hit up board and multi-purpose court with basketball and netball hoops and backboard.

This national $28.3 million grant program experienced overwhelming interest with over 2,000 applications submitted, from sporting clubs all across Australia.

The Kumbia Tennis Club were very fortunate to be one of only 39 Queensland applications to be successful.

And only one of nine from within the Maranoa district.

The clubhouse upgrades were made after a successful application to the Queensland Government; s Gambling Community Benefit Fund for $35,000.

South Burnett Regional Council and AGL also provided financial assistance through their grant programs.

So dust off the racquets and check out the brand new courts at Kumbia.