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Gatton club to move or future squashed

2014 Perpetual and Special Award winners from the Gatton Squash Club's presentation night:  Rob Balenzuela - Most Improved, John White - Best and Fairest Player, Georgia Malone - Ian Neumann Memorial Junior Award for Excellence, Katrina Hamlyn - Spirit of Squash, Kent Idle - Most Improved, Liam Protheroe-Barnes - Encouragement, Phil Neumann - The John White
2014 Perpetual and Special Award winners from the Gatton Squash Club's presentation night: Rob Balenzuela - Most Improved, John White - Best and Fairest Player, Georgia Malone - Ian Neumann Memorial Junior Award for Excellence, Katrina Hamlyn - Spirit of Squash, Kent Idle - Most Improved, Liam Protheroe-Barnes - Encouragement, Phil Neumann - The John White "Whitey" Award.

MORE than 10 years after its relocation, the Gatton Squash Club wants to 'return home' to prevent the sport from being squashed out.

Currently located at the University of Queensland Gatton campus, the Gatton Squash Club has been working over the years to achieve its goal, which is to move back into the centre of town.

Originally located in town, the club made the move to their current home in 2003 and have been accommodated by UQ ever since.

Gatton Squash Club president Dan Lawless said the club was grateful for UQ's assistance but had to make a move soon in order to stay alive and running.

"The uni has been really good to let us continue there," he said.

"(But) like any sport you have to have a contingent of junior players coming through.

"Where the courts were (previously) was in the centre of town and we had access to the schools, so once we moved out of town that sort of dried up that avenue."

The club currently has 40 active members, of which only three are juniors.

The Gatton Squash Club's submission was tabled in the June 25 ordinary meeting of Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

LVRC expressed their support of the club's plans and identified the Gatton Sports Centre as a future location for the club.

"There are a number of processes to go through and we have passed through the first stage with the approval of the council," Mr Lawless said.

Gatton Squash Club secretary Sue Marsh said the future direction will then take design, funding and construction to complete the process.

"If we don't move, the club will fold in the next few years," she said.

"We couldn't do anything until we found somewhere to come to and until council gave us some land, it was never going to happen. But now there is a light in the window, but as to how long it takes to move depends on what funding becomes available and the timing of the funding."

The Gatton Squash Club has just started the second round of its season for 2014, with games every Tuesday night, and welcomes anyone who is interested to come along. For more information, phone 0458754433.

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