New Playing Fields for Dubbo

Dubbo Regional Council is commencing work on a new sporting precinct on the corner of Tamworth and South Street Dubbo well known as Pavans and Battistel land.

The 8 hectare area was originally identified as a potential sporting precinct in 2008 to cater for the demand of growing sports such as soccer, cricket and touch football.

The $1.5m development will include one (1) turf cricket field, one (1) synthetic cricket field, four (4) soccer fields, 10 touch football fields and supporting amenities.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said the development of these fields will significantly increase the recreational opportunities for local sports, as well as helping to attract major sporting to Dubbo.

Sport contributes to community identity, sense of place, social interaction and better health particularly in regional areas. It can also help boost the region’s economy. This new development will mean that Dubbo will be the only regional city in the state to have 8 turf cricket fields, allowing Dubbo to hold whole state cricket carnivals, attracting major state wide events to the region,” Clr Shields said.

The first stage of these works will include the levelling of the site, followed by the installation of an irrigation system.  During the levelling of the site some dust will be generated.  Dubbo Regional Council will employ dust suppression measures in an effort to reduce nuisance dust affecting nearby residences.  This stage is expected to be completed by the end of September 2019. The laying of the turf is expected to be complete by the end of October 2019.

To reduce the demand on both the town water supply and the Macquarie River Council will be utilising the backwash (grey water) water derived from the John Gilbert Water Plant to irrigate the new turf.  The capture and reuse of this backwash water for broad scale irrigation purposes has positives outcomes for both the community and the environment.

Fields will be ready for play in January 2020 with the other fields ready in April 2020.

Council has ensured access to the community garden remains via Tamworth St.

This project has been collaboratively funded by NSW Government - Stronger Communities Fund ($1million) and Dubbo Regional Council ($500,000).

Last Edited: 02 Aug 2019

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