MEDIA STATEMENT APEX OVAL

Dubbo Regional Council made a challenging decision to endorse relocation of the Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League Grand Final 14 September 2019, from Apex Oval main field to allow the field to rest and rejuvenate ahead of the A-League Football match on 21 September 2019.

Dubbo Regional Council is trying to strike the balance between catering for the needs of our local sporting community and attracting large events such as the NSW Rugby Championships and A-League Football match that previously residents would have to travel out of town to experience.

However, in order to host these events Apex Oval must be at an exemplary standard, to best showcase the facility as well as Dubbo and the wider region - attracting further major events that benefit the economy of our community.

Dubbo Regional Council can appreciate there is disappointment among some of the local clubs that are having their games relocated from the main field. In a report by the analytical diagnostic consultancy service of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association (AGCSA) concerns were highlighted about the current condition of the ground in regards to its suitability for an A-League match. Factors that have contributed to these concerns include the severe ongoing drought that has impacted the region leaving the field dryer than normal.

The AGCSA have inspected Apex Oval in person and have suggested the ground be given every opportunity to recover and additional seed to establish to provide an acceptable turf coverage.

Council staff have alternative locations for each potentially impacted game including the use of the other three full sized fields within the Apex Oval sporting precinct, the use of Victoria Number 1 Oval and Barden Park.

Last Edited: 28 Aug 2019

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