Wickers forced from ground

CRESWICK Football Club president Peter Considine says the Wickers felt they had been left “in the dark” again after a Hepburn Shire Council decision forcing them off their home ground indefinitely.

The Wickers were informed on Monday that the council wanted to rest the Doug Lindsay Reserve for at least two weeks following the Wickers’ home game against Rokewood-Corindhap on Saturday.

The Courier under-stands this is due to drainage issues at the ground, creating excess standing water.

Considine said the surface condition had been a long, ongoing and frustrating issue.

He said the club had long wanted a meeting with council to form an action plan but had trouble getting the council to comply.

“We need a solution, we want to find a solution,” Considine said.

“We have access to volunteers, we have access to money – we can do all sorts of things, potentially. They don’t engage with us at all in trying to say what we need. It’s about them talking to us openly.”

The Wickers are concerned their four remaining home games are in jeopardy this Central Highlands Football League season – the next is scheduled against Buninyong on July 5. 

A venue change last season was at the club’s expense. Club officials were left to juggle training schedules on the club’s former home ground Hammon Park which is now the base of a soccer club. 

Hepburn Shire Council did not respond before publication.

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