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Update on the situation in the Clarence Valley

March 11th, 2022

Picture: The playing fields at Maclean “Most water off it now, but unplayable for a while unless we get rain to wash all the mud off,” Matt Farrell, Maclean FC Club President.

Following is an email sent to clubs in the Clarence Valley on Thursday 10 March 2022 from NCF General Manager, Andrew Woodward

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Hello,

Thank you to the clubs and facilities to whom I spoke this week concerning the impact of the rain and floods on their grounds, equipment, volunteers, and communities.

As a result of the conversations and on behalf of clubs, I have filled in a survey of impacts being used to gather information about the effects on clubs in the Clarence Valley LGA and beyond. This survey is a joint project of Northern NSW Football (NNSWF), Football NSW and Football Queensland. It is designed to inform reports by football’s governing bodies that will give government at all levels an accurate picture of the impacts on the sporting community and the levels of assistance required.

To date, it appears that Maclean FC has suffered significant negative impacts while Yuraygir FC has suffered mid-level negative impacts at both Tucabia and Wooli. If the situation at your club or venue changes, please let me know.

Thankfully, other clubs and venues in the Clarence Valley are reporting no more than water-logged grounds for football venues and equipment. We of course extend of sympathies to the communities further to the north that have been devastated.

The floods have, of course, touched many aspects of personal, family, business, community and school lives in the Clarence Valley and beyond. Football will assist its clubs throughout northern NSW and beyond.

It’s also been noted that many businesses who sponsor sport in the region have been devastated, indeed some have been put out of business, by the floods. This impact will affect sports, which often rely on sponsorship to keep fees low and buy equipment.

NNSWF is coordinating football’s response to the floods in northern NSW and is working with the NSW Government. Copied on this email is the CEO of NNSWF, David Eland, the Member for Clarence, Christopher Gulaptis MLA, the Member for Page, Kevin Hogan MHR and the Mayor of Clarence Valley, Ian Tiley.

That’s the latest from our perspective. Please contact me at any time if I can be of assistance.

ENDS

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