BUNDABERG-bred Mission Queensland Firebird Ameliaranne Wells is returning home this Saturday, February 16 to lend a hand in the recovery process after last month’s devastating floods.
Wells grew up on the courts of Bundaberg Netball Association which, just last month, were washed away for a second time in as many years as floodwaters from the nearby Burnett River swept across the town.
The Daph Geddes Park facility, on Quay St East, was only re-opened in July last year after a major renovation, including the resurfacing of all courts and the repair of buildings damaged in the 2011 floods.
Not to be defeated by Mother Nature, Bundaberg Netball Association’s Mud Army has mopped up enough of the mess in time for this Saturday’s ‘Play Netball’ sign-on and the scheduled season start on March 9.
Bundaberg Netball Association secretary Shelley Naumann said action was their only real option.
“We were overwhelmed by the response we received when we called for Mud Army recruits,” she said.
“We had people everywhere, even complete strangers walking off the street to help shovel mud.”
Mission Queensland Firebird Ameliaranne Wells’ appearance at Bundaberg Netball Association’s ‘Play Netball’ sign-on day coincides with her first trip home since January’s floods.
Wells said she’ll happily roll up her sleeves to help her home town recover as quickly as possible.
“I know Bundaberg’s been cleaned up however I’m still expecting it to be horrible compared to how it was when I was last in town over Christmas,” she said.
“I saw Bundy Netball’s sign-on was going ahead so I put in a call to see if I could fly up and do something to lift the spirits of those in the community.”
Wells will be at Bundaberg Netball Association for the ‘Play Netball’ sign-on day this Saturday, February 16 from 10am.