29 March 2012
of the Legislative Council.
DIGGERS CLUB GROUND
- When Australian diggers returned from the First World War, they set
up groups and clubs around Australia to enable them to keep in touch
with each other. These groups were very diverse, and of course they
all had to be in varying degrees locally based. One such group was
established in the heart of my electorate of Rosevears in the hamlet
of Rosevears itself. It was the Diggers Cricket Club. It still has
that name from 1919.
the way, Rosevears boasts the oldest continually licensed -
Harriss - Member of
FINCH - hotel in
Australia. That is the Rosevears Hotel, which is in a very
picturesque and scenic area of Rosevears.
Forrest - Your local, is
FINCH - No, not yet but
it might be.
Wilkinson - Not this year
FINCH - If we keep
developing the Rosevears area, it is going to be a place to want to
be and live. This is what I am talking about in respect of the
Diggers Cricket Club ground that they used to play on; it is in a
very scenic, beautiful location, and the Diggers Cricket Club was
based there for many years. As I say, it represented this opportunity
for returned soldiers to play cricket together. The club has grown
considerably since its establishment in 1919. It still survives. I
will say that it has four teams now that compete in A-grade,
A-reserve, B-grade and in the Sunday league and it also has 50
players. After many years of playing at the Rosevears oval, because
of facilities the club was forced to move to a cricket ground at
Windsor Park. But now it wants to move back to its original home and
a wide community campaign has been launched to achieve that aim.
this day and age, it is all well and good for a cricket club to want
to go back but to get support from your local council, from the State
Government, from community grants bodies, you must show partnerships
in the community, there must be shared facilities. The Diggers
Cricket Club have gone about embracing their community and
encouraging them to think about what might be at the Rosevears oval
if it is developed along with those facilities for the cricket club.
home for the Diggers Cricket Club was not just a dream for them but
in fact for the community, and we found with our investigation that
there was a very solid garden club within the community. There is an
arts society on the West Tamar. There are Scouts, Guides and Cubs
that do not have a regular base to call their own. This would be a
perfect location. Also it would be a safe exercise area and
contribute to the health and fitness of the West Tamar community. The
ground, by the way, is in good shape and a business plan will be
carefully worked out.
Rattray - Who owns the
FINCH - The West Tamar
Council. On 20 February, more than 60 local residents and ratepayers
attended a gathering at the Rosevears oval and a collective group
have been formed called the Rosevears Oval Community Group, which
includes the Diggers Cricket Club, the garden group and other users,
so it is a genuine grassroots community initiative.
achieve their aim to make the Rosevears ground their official home
they have wisely sought that community support. Representatives of
the group met the West Tamar Council on 20th of this month to ask the
council to ensure that public amenities at the Rosevears oval are
retained and help to further develop the site. It is argued that
without those basic facilities, such as toilets, the ground cannot be
used to its full potential. There were toilets there, they were
locked by the council and then removed by the council. At one stage
it had the hall like in the good old days when the local bulldozers
used to bring in a hall from somewhere and set it up, and the hall
was there for many years but that also has been removed.
idea is to redevelop in line with the West Tamar Council's thinking,
and I will quote from the council's vision statement:
an active and effective community enhancing West Tamar as a desired
place to live, work and visit.'
vision statement also says:
development and expansion of public and recreational spaces oriented
towards young people and families.'
that is exactly what this Rosevears Oval Community Group is trying to
know the council must show caution when new ideas and new initiatives
come forward and they must see that the community proves itself over
time that it is achievable, that they do want it and that it will
have a role to play in the community. I can see that it will be a
great day when the Diggers Cricket Club have relocated back to the
Rosevears oval at beautiful Rosevears in my electorate of Rosevears.