Tornado tears apart labour of love
By HELEN JACK
JAMES DOMSKI was close to tears as he helped clean up what remained of the Dunoon Sports Clubhouse.
Built in 2003, the club was constructed with volunteer labour and government grants.
"It took a lot of hard work by the community to get this here," Mr Domski said.
But the club stood in the path of the tornado that hit Dunoon on Friday afternoon and is now just a shell.
Mr Domski and other club members cleaning up around the club don't know exactly where the roof is, but have been told it is half a kilometre away, down the road.
"Some of it is in people's backyards and some of it is in the trees," Mr Domski said.
"The awning is gone, we don't know where it went.
"Someone told us the roof was sucked up in one piece and then thrown by the tornado.
"Part of it is in a mate's backyard.
"Everything inside the club is water damaged all the electrical goods, sports equipment and furniture.
"It's really sad, because so much effort has gone into building and equipping this clubhouse. It's heartbreaking."
As well as losing its roof and awning, the railings on the club's front stairs are mangled and bent close to the ground.
A Moreton Bay fig tree standing on the adjacent oval was ripped in two, with one half remaining and the other pulverised, its trunk and branches scattered across the oval and nearby tennis court.
Mr Domski said even though the clubhouse was destroyed, he and his helpers were happy no one was hurt.
"There are people in this town who have sustained more damage," he said.
"We are very lucky, in fact, because we were going to hold a cricket match here on Friday% afternoon."