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17 Jun 2020 5:43 PMMark Boothman Local Sporting and Recreation Clubs

It has been a tough time for our local sporting and recreation clubs across Queensland. As requested by many of our local sporting clubs, I asked the Minister for Sport a question this morning in Parliament. " Will the Minister finally listen to the concerns of sport and recreation clubs across Queensland and immediately adopt the one person per four square meter rule to provide a commonsense approach that allows kids to return to community sport?"

It has been a tough time for our local sporting and recreation clubs across Queensland.

As requested by many of our local sporting clubs, I asked the Minister for Sport a question this morning in Parliament. " Will the Minister finally listen to the concerns of sport and recreation clubs across Queensland and immediately adopt the one person per four square meter rule to provide a commonsense approach that allows kids to return to community sport?"

Unfortunately, the answer from the Minister was pretty much no.

We need to show caution, but the current system is unworkable for most clubs. Most sporting precincts have multiple sporting fields and limiting these facilities to 100 people is ridiculous. We have a far higher number of people walking around bunnings or our shopping centres regularly. In addition, a school could hirer an oval from one of our clubs and they don't want need to adhere to these requirements.

Running a local sporting/recreation club costs money and many have already outlay funds to cover running costs. These restrictions will leave many clubs in a precarious financial position.

To put it simply, many of our clubs are asking the state government to reconsider these restrictions and adopt the one person per four-meter rule.