Subsurface irrigation and drainage systems are currently being installed as part of  the Brierly Recreation Reserve Redevelopment in Warrnambool, marking a new milestone for the project. 

These upgrades are expected to not only save volunteer time in setting up and moving sprinklers, the system will be automated to run at optimal times of the day, saving on water.

The drainage system will also allow for more games to be played in winter than would otherwise be possible, especially after heavy rain. This is a key feature, with the ground to host soccer matches for the first time. 

Warrnambool Mayor, Ben Blain, said that he was pleased to see work on the redevelopment progressing well. 

“Brierly is such an important precinct,” Mr Blain said. 

“North Warrnambool has really expanded over the past decade with so many new homes, and I really hope these upgrades help Brierly Christ Church Cricket Club and the Warrnambool Rangers Football Club continue to grow and thrive. 

“Having secured a lighting and electrical contractor at our February meeting, it’s really good news that they will be able to hit the ground running and work in with the rest of the project.”

Stage One of the Brierly Recreation Reserve Eastern Oval Redevelopment area includes the upgrade of playing surface, installation of two full-sized soccer pitches with improved drainage, sub-surface irrigation, a new synthetic cricket pitch, LED lighting (200 lux), fencing and the demolition of an old pavilion.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of June 2024. 

The project is supported by the Victorian Government, which committed $1 million through its Local Sports Infrastructure Fund. 

Council is continuing to advocate for funding for Stage Two of the project, which would include a new multi-purpose pavilion with change rooms. 

Featured image: An aerial view of works underway at the Brierly Recreation Reserve. Image credit: Warrnambool City Council.

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