SPORTING HUB: Frank Deshon, Cr Sam O'Toole, Karen Sullivan, Cr Ian Todd celebrate the opening of the new complex.
SPORTING HUB: Frank Deshon, Cr Sam O'Toole, Karen Sullivan, Cr Ian Todd celebrate the opening of the new complex.

New complex just what Dirran needs

A COMMUNITY struggling with the prolonged effects of the drought has had a morale boost after the official opening of a new $600,000 multi-purpose sports complex.

The site will not be limited to the cricket, union and junior rugby league clubs of Dirranbandi, but will be available for public use.

On Sunday, Progress Association secretary Karen Sullivan, Mayor Richard Marsh Deputy Mayor Fiona Gaske and Cr Sam O'Toole welcomed 80 people to the new complex.

Ms Sullivan said community support through the design and building should be commended.

"Council was determined to make sure they built something that would meet the community's needs, and we think they've nailed it.”

Cr O'Toole said council was proud to support the sporting clubs in the Dirranbandi community.

"It's the first time in the shire the council has built a complex like this,” she said.

"The past 12 months has been extraordinarily hard, so the opening was a great way to bring the community together.”

It was also a chance for Dirranbandi's cricket team to host its first match at the new facility.

Ms Sullivan said the opening was funded by a $1500 mental health grant from Care Balonne to the Progress Association.

"Where people in these small agricultural communities are struggling, we have to remember to connect with each other.”

The grant was used to purchase a barbecue and tables, which will remain at the complex for all to use.


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