Margaret Keech and Anne Somerville. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

After years of neglect and a recent break–in, the women and men who use the dragon boat facilities on Lake Weeroona are becoming increasingly discouraged.

To add to their woes, a tree recently crashed onto the roof of their boat shed.   

As a result the air of decrepitation has only increased.

Speaking on behalf of Dragons Abreast, Margaret Keech and Anne Somerville said their shed is cold and dark and has no amenities such as toilets or changing rooms.

And to rub salt into the wound, last year somebody stole the club sign.

Dragons Abreast is for survivors of breast cancer and Dragons Afloat was initially for men who were survivors of prostate cancer, and is also open to a general membership.

Given the size of the dragon boats and the distance from the shed to the lake, there is a lot of effort required to get the boats into the water, particularly for people who are recovering their health.

Dragons Abreast has appealed to the City of Greater Bendigo in the past for assistance but they have been told that in light of a new “master plan” there is a reluctance to maintain the present facilities.

No date has been provided as to when the “master plan” will be put into action.

But the club members are in need of immediate support to keep their dragons happy.