The Premier Cricket Curatorial Support Services initiative will employ seven full-time and seven part-time Queensland Cricket curators to oversee the long-term development and ongoing preparation of Brisbane’s Premier Cricket wickets and grounds.
The initiative will place some of Queensland’s most qualified and experienced cricket curators, supported by the necessary grounds-keeping equipment, into Premier Cricket Clubs based in Brisbane to not only raise the standard of playing surfaces for our aspiring female and male cricketers but deliver attractive green spaces for the community to enjoy.
This initiative will deliver positive outcomes for the Premier Cricket Clubs and the grass roots cricket communities they support. It will ensure quality curators 12 months of the year to improve ground quality and playing conditions; it will provide annual savings for the clubs to reinvest and improve club sustainability; and it will reduce the hours required from club volunteers on ground maintenance and preparation so they can focus their efforts on club activities that provide great experiences for their members and make a difference at the grass roots.
The preparation of high standard ovals also provides benefits to the Brisbane community with significant economic returns. Club grounds are regularly accessed by visiting domestic and international teams. In recent years, Brisbane club grounds have hosted visiting South Africa A, India A, West Indies, Zimbabwe U19 and Australian Men’s Domestic State teams.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters says, “the initiative is a win for Premier Cricket Clubs and a win for local communities. It is an important element of Queensland Cricket’s strategy to deliver outstanding experiences for Queensland communities and to develop the next generation of players for the Queensland Bulls, Fire, Brisbane Heat and Australian teams.
“By undertaking an initiative aimed at improving Brisbane’s Premier Cricket wickets we are acknowledging the pathway and role the competition plays in developing domestic and international cricketers. We believe this can vastly improve the quality of the competition and the players we produce, while also ensuring our wickets and facilities are of the highest standards, in terms of playing conditions and safety.
“It also gives us the opportunity to develop and retain quality curators and I would like to acknowledge the leadership and expertise of our Head Grounds Manager, Jarrod Bird, and Club Grounds Manager, Joe Clark who will co-ordinate curatorial activities and the development of our new team members. I’d like to also acknowledge the commitment of all Premier Club Presidents to this new model and thank Cricket Australia and the Brisbane City Council for their commitment and ongoing support,” Walters said.
Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club is one the Brisbane Premier Clubs to benefit from the curatorial support initiative, with President Graham Mapri praising the work being done to improve facilities across the competition.
“Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club has already seen a significant improvement in our on-field facilities in a very short period of time. The support of Joe Clark and his team has taken the quality of our playing surfaces above and beyond what they have ever been. The knowledge and expertise that is provided is what is making a huge difference and seeing our club go forward.
“As a result of this support we are already looking to the future and considering the possibility of juniors having the opportunity to playing winter cricket at the club,” he said.
Councillor Krista Adams said Brisbane City Council was pleased to continue its long-term support of lifestyle and leisure opportunities cricket in the community.
“Council is very supportive of Queensland Cricket and their efforts to improve play surfaces for our aspiring male and female cricketers,” Cr Adams said.
“Sports such as cricket contribute active and healthy benefits to the community as well as significant economic returns from visiting teams who access these grounds.”
Each Brisbane-based Premier Cricket Club will receive curatorial services every day of the week through a dedicated full-time and part-time curator plus the flexibility to provide additional assistance where required from curators currently employed at Allan Border Field.
The project has received significant backing from both Cricket Australia and Council, with curators commencing in their roles from July 2018.