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Sport, resilience and cohesion in local communities

Regional Voices chats to Dean Morpeth, President of the Woorinen Cricket Club, about the 2015 fire that devastated the Club premises, the resilience of the local community and why sport remains so important to regional Australia.

In 2015, a fire blazed through Woorinen Cricket Club, leaving nothing but the steel structure of the building.

Despite the devastation of the fire, the Club forged on thanks to the tight knit Woorinen community.

The 2015/2016 season was run from a marquee and the 2016/2017 season had a temporary caravan and kitchen. Club volunteers are now putting the finishing touches to the new Clubrooms and they’ve recently received a CommBank cricket grant that will help get the Club up and running again.

Sport brings everyone together and gets everyone away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Dean Morpeth, President of Woorinen Cricket Club
A fire blazed through Woorinen, leaving nothing but the steel structure of the building.

When discussing the importance of sport in remote Australia, Dean observed that it provided relief from the isolation of farming communities.

Dean reiterated the importance of reslieience in the local Woorinen community following the fire that tore through its Clubhouse – an institution in the community.

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