Political football: Wendouree MP Sharon Knight and Mayor Des Hudson having a go with the Redan under 10s. PICTURE: Supplied
The grass will soon be greener at the Western Oval after a grant for an automatic irrigation system has beenticked off.
The state government will give Ballarat City Council $50,000 to install the watering system, which will make the ground usable year-round and allow the Redan Football Netball Club to play onit more often.
The under 10s at the ground on Wednesday afternoon were certainly excited about a softer ovalto train on.
Junior president of Redan Jamie Sleep said the system would be a big help to the club.
Before: Western Oval cannot be used all year due to its current state. Funding for irrigation should even out the ground according to the Redan Football Netball Club.
(The grant) allows us to play here the whole season, and not have to rotate games to other locations. It means green grass, it means less injuries,” he said.
“It means a better and vibrant club.”
“It’s (also) positive for the clubs that play cricket here over the summer.”
Sharon Knight said it was the perfect use of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
“Our contribution is $50,000, and we’re really so pleased that it’s coming here and that we’re supporting Redan footy club and we’re supporting those cricket clubs as well,” she said.
“It’s really important we get lots and lots of young people, and lots and lots of families out being active, playing sport and hopefully nurturing another AFL star.”
She said it was clear it was a much-needed addition to the Western Oval.
“Just look at the ground, it’s really hard. We don’t want our young people to be injured when they come to play sport,” she said.
The City of Ballarat will actually run the new irrigation system.
Mayor Des Hudson said council had worked hard to fix up major grounds and was now looking to suburban ovals.
“We’ve been re-profiling a number of grounds, that have gone through a transformation. But we’ve still have a number of neighbourhood grounds that are drought-affected coming out of summer sport and into winter sport,” he said.
Cr Hudson particularly highlighted how the works would help those fielding on the boundary in summer.
“Cricketers (will) enjoy a lush outfield where the bounce is going to be true.”
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