Brittle roof in dire straights

Queanbeyan local business owners Mick Gawthorp, Adam Sutton, Trent Miller and, centre, Matthew Griffin will sponsor themselves on Saturday to raise money for Queanbeyan Basketball. Photo: Joshua Matic.

Queanbeyan local business owners Mick Gawthorp, Adam Sutton, Trent Miller and, centre, Matthew Griffin will sponsor themselves on Saturday to raise money for Queanbeyan Basketball. Photo: Joshua Matic.

THE Queanbeyan basketball centre roof is in dire straights and with no more than six months left in it, must be replaced as soon as possible.

This is the word of Queanbeyan Basketball Association president Jan Browne, who, after being granted land last December to construct a future new basketball centre, has had enough of the 35-year old roof leaking and causing cancellations to basketball games.

The Association is holding fundraising activity on Saturday in an attempt to raise the $100,000 dollars needed to replace the ageing and faulty roof.

As the centre is owned and operated by the Association, they are not guaranteed Queanbeyan City Council assistance in improving the facility.

"We've had issues with the roof for the past several years, and in the last few months we've had several repairs done to it, but now inspectors say it will not last longer than six months," Browne said.

Browne is seeking to have the roof replaced with a modern and more reliable colourbond material than the well outdated 'super six' material that currently sits on top of the building.

The material is a fibre cement sheet that has not been common since the mid 1980s, strengthening the need for replacement.

"Every time it rains, it leaks, and this past term around six nights of basketball were cancelled because of the rain. It's an indoor facility with games cancelled dur to rain which is just ironic," said Browne.

Stone-throwing vandalism to the roof over the years has also added to the problem, with the roof now too brittle for workers to station themselves on it.

This means they need to use lifting machinery, which greatly increases the cost of work.

It is hoped festivities on Saturday will help raise the $100,000 needed, with four of Queanbeyan's best kown entrepreneurs coming on board to help.

Queanbeyan Hotel owner Matthew Griffin, Tourist Hotel's Mick Gawthrop, Jerrabomberra Hotel's Adam Sutton and Walsh's owner Trent Miller have all come on board to play in sponsored three-minute 'shoot-outs' from their own businesses to raise funds.

This follows similar activity with what is hoped to be hundreds of Queanbeyan Basketball's 1100 juniors, while preceeding a 'golden oldies' game between past male and female players.

Griffin and Sutton both believed in getting behind the fundraising effort, local businesses were showing great community spirit.

"We're in the hotel industry and we entertain, and this basketball centre is an entertainment venue aswell for the young people of the district, so we'll always support projects like this," added Sutton.

Saturday's activities start at 9am.

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