Orange City Council in NSW is undertaking a $30,000 project to install a new automatic irrigation system at Perry Oval to enable the field to be watered when required and improve the playing surface.
Once complete, Council’s sportsground team will undertake weed-spraying and oversowing to boost the quality of the sportsground surface.
The team from Mid-West Irrigation has been at the oval the past couple of weeks putting in new underground pipes and pop-up sprinklers, and connecting wiring to the irrigation control box.
Despite being equipped with evening training lights, the condition of the field deteriorated through the last few years of drought due to the lack of a suitable irrigation system, and as a result local sporting groups have avoided Perry Oval as a training venue.
However, an increasing population and the growth of sporting clubs around the city means it is becoming more difficult to find enough suitable training venues, especially in winter when other ovals might be out of action due to boggy conditions.
These improvements will make Perry Oval a more usable space and ensure it meets the standard to cater for the needs of Orange’s sporting teams.