Chinchilla Cricket Club

It’s a cricket icon. That white picket fence players walk through on to the oval, ready to do battle. It’s part of the fabric of ovals like the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Now, Chinchilla and District Cricket Association players get that same sense of history when walking out on to the Chinchilla Recreation Ground thanks to a Shell’s QGC Communities Fund grant.

Cricket association secretary Craig Scutchings said they had been able to install a white picket fence at the entrance to the oval and upgrade fencing all around the ground. The new fence is not only a source of pride, it’s improved player safety.

“I’ve been here ten years. I know the fence has been here nearly 30 years. It’s been through numerous floods, it was in a state of disrepair,” he said.

“We felt as a showpiece for the community the fencing needed to be updated.

“So now, to have it repaired and having the beautiful white picket fence it does give us a great sense of pride that it’s looking good and it should work well with any future plans we’ve got… It’s great for the community.”

Craig said the new fence meant the cricket association was able to host more showpiece events, like a visit from the Queensland Bulls Masters earlier this year. The positive impact of these events are felt right across Chinchilla.

He is encouraging other community groups to consider making an application for the current funding round, which closes 31 August, 2019.

“It is a very simple process, don’t be scared of doing it. The funding is such a benefit to any project and the (Shell’s QGC) officers were really good for us, really helpful.”