Shire drought proofs recreational facilities.

     
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The shire of Loddon will invest around $1.5 million in projects designed to drought proof various recreational facilities over the next two years.

These projects have all been designed to improve water security and efficiency heading into the future.

The works to be delivered include conversion of grass playing surfaces to hard/synthetic materials, replacement or installation of new irrigation systems, reseeding of playing surfaces with drought resilient grasses and installation of water storage tanks.

 

Completed or near completed works under milestone one include:

 

 

 

  • Construction of new multi-use hard courts for tennis and netball in Mitiamo.
  • Installation of a new irrigation system for the Inglewood recreation reserve.
  • Installation of a new irrigation system at the Pyramid Hill Bowls Club.
  • Construction of new synthetic tennis courts at Pyramid Hill along with improvements to the irrigation system for remaining lawn courts.
  • Upgrades across 11 sporting and recreational facilities with installation of water efficient fixtures and fittings.

 

There are four milestones to be completed.

 

Improving these facilities represents a positive step in meeting future challenges associated with climate change and also helps ensure the sporting and recreational pursuits continue across the Shire well into the future.

 

During December 2009, Council received $184,046 under the “Strengthening Basin Communities Program” to develop master plans to drought proof 28 recreational venues within the Shire.

 

Developing these master plans secured a further $754,068 in funding. The Shire has also committed over $495,000 towards this important project and many local sporting clubs have provided significant in-kind and financial contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

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