In March 2012, Brad Skyring from the RACQ Foundation, one of the supporters of the Association in the rebuilding of O'Grady Park, presented a plaque to BRLRA President, George Zanatta. The RACQ Foundation, one of a number organisations, helped communities and clubs to rebuild facilities destroyed by the January 2011 floods.
On behalf of all members, thank you RACQ Foundation. This plaque is displayed for all members in the trophy cabinet within the Clubhouse.
Following the devastating floods that hit Brisbane in January, the Brisbane Rugby League Referees Association have re-opened their office and training grounds.
The facility was officially re-opened by Brisbane City Council Councilor for Tennyson Nicole Johnston. The event was attend by several of the association’s life members including ex NRL referees David Manson and Eddie Ward.
Unfortunately, scheduled special guests NRL referee and former Brisbane referee Brett Suttor and NRL referee boss Stuart Raper were grounded in Sydney due to the ash cloud.
The re-building of O'Grady Park cost almost $250,000 - and was due to the generosity of grants and products from the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, Commonwealth Bank, McDonalds, Bank Of Queensland, CSIRO, RACQ and anonymous donors.
We have lost everything. The tanks are now floating away too.
We start from scratch . We do not know at this stage if there was flood insurance on our goods and chattels. The mowers can be fixed that is not a problem I'm told. The computers, brand new printer and other electronic equipment will be ruined.
As for the carpet we will probably get rid of it and tile the big floor that way new floods will not have the same effect.
Fridges may still work we don't know. Once the flood goes down and we have safe access we will call for help from our Members to help clean the club out.
We are unlikely to have any Training there this Tuesday. At this stage we simply need working crews to help clean out the mess.