Warrnambool’s passionate footballers and cricketers now have a state-of-the-art automated irrigation system at Mack Oval, keeping the ground in top condition year-round thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the new irrigation system, made possible with $90,000 from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The Russells Creek Cricket Club and Russells Creek Football Netball Club have been important parts of the local community for many years, but they lacked vital irrigation infrastructure to make Mack Oval match ready.
The old irrigation system had to be manually operated during the day and this was labour intensive, led to water evaporation and reduced the availability of the oval during watering periods.
The new system can be programmed to run overnight, increasing watering efficiency and the time the oval can be utilised for training, matches or community use.
Importantly, it uses recycled water, further reducing costs and environmental impact.
The Government is getting on with supporting sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.
The Government also acknowledged project partners Warrnambool City Council and Russells Creek Cricket Club for their investment and support of the project.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This investment is a real win for the clubs, the members and the environment and we’re proud to play our part in delivering this important infrastructure.”
“Through the collaborative investment of the Andrews Labor Government and the local community, Mack Oval will now be in top condition year-round.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation, and to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”