Clubs thanked as record rainfall forces ground closures

Western Plains Regional Council would like to thank sporting clubs for their cooperation over the past month with wet weather ground closures, Council’s Manager Recreation Planning and Programs Tracey Whillock said.

“With record rain falling in June, sporting fields have been closed in liaison with the sporting user group, in accordance with Council’s Wet Weather Policy,” Ms Whillock said.

“In some instances sporting clubs have closed fields or cancelled training and competition prior to Council closing the fields,” she said.

“Dubbo Sporting Clubs are aware of the importance in maintaining quality fields over the winter and not damaging fields which cannot be restored over the cool winter months due to limited grass growth.”

The Dubbo & District Soccer Association also takes a very proactive approach to preserving their allocated grounds.

Ms Whillock said that Council has been proactive and liaised with sporting user groups to provide alternative venues for training and competition where possible with cancellation a last resort. 

“For instance, Council has worked with Westside Rabbitohs to transfer games to Caltex Park, CYMS and some junior Roos teams undertook general fitness at Barden Park, and the Dubbo Rhinos agreed to junior Roos playing before senior games at Caltex Park,” Ms Whillock said.

Council and Dubbo Sporting Clubs are also aware of the risks of damaging fields and the impact this can then have on annual user groups.

“For example, Victoria Park is used for football during winter and then turned around for cricket in a very short time-frame,” Ms Whillock said.

“More importantly, damage to sporting fields can impact the local economy when putting the grounds forward as an option to host major sporting events such as the under 19 state cricket championship,” she said.

MEDIA CONTACT

Tracey Whillock
Council’s Manager Recreation Planning and Programs
6801 4000

 

Last Edited: 24 Jun 2016

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