November 5, 2021
Kingaroy Junior Cricket Association is upgrading the nets at the River Road Park cricket oval in Kingaroy.
This project – a partnership with Queensland Cricket, South Burnett Regional Council and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund – is Stage 2 of the River Road redevelopment.
Kingaroy Junior Cricket Association project manager Cameron Watson said the existing cricket nets would be demolished and a new set of two-lane nets constructed to meet Australian Standards.
The new nets will remain open for public use and will give interested people a quality cricket practice venue that meets safety standards.
The project complements Council’s recently completed Stage 1, ie. replacement of the synthetic centre pitch.
Stage 3, which will begin soon, will include the installation of a sports standard boundary fence to separate park users and cars, as well as deter vandalism.
Cameron said the association was working hard alongside Queensland Cricket to develop and grow cricket in the South Burnett.
“We are very excited that successful grant applications from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, with in-kind support from Council, have seen the project become reality. We are very thankful for the time and effort from everyone involved,” he said.
“Council have consistently listened to Kingaroy Junior Cricket Association and have helped us to reach these milestones within Council guidelines and policies.
“Queensland Cricket have been fantastic in assisting the association in many ways and are always a wealth of knowledge that will culminate in a quality cricket facility.”
Queensland Cricket spokesperson Geoff Teys said the organisation was really excited about the new River Road Facilities.
“Personally I love that they’ll be open for the entire community to use,” Geoff said.
“Facilities like these are fundamental in providing opportunities for kids to pick up a bat and play cricket, which is what we’re all about, can’t wait to get out and see them.”
Cameron said Kingaroy Junior Cricket offered a full program for young cricketers, from Junior Blasters to Master Blasters.
Children are welcome from the age of 6.
Master Blasters is held on Friday nights from October at Lyle Vidler Oval every year.
Junior Blasters is held on Thursday afternoons from January at Taabinga State School. All equipment is supplied.
Junior Cricket programs begin in September with training at Taabinga State School and River Road Park on Thursday afternoons.
Games take place on Saturday mornings. Everyone bats and everyone bowls.