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Coonabarabran Sporting Complex Maintenance Program

With the cooler months approaching, bringing Winter sports competition with them, Council is ensuring that the playing fields in Warrumbungle Shire are maintained to their usual high standard.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Cr Peter Shinton said, “As part of the Sporting Complex annual maintenance schedule Council will be sowing ryegrass at Number 1 and Number 3 Ovals in Coonabarabran during April.”

“To ensure that the ryegrass becomes properly established, it is essential for the new grass to be watered daily and during daylight hours over the coming months.”

“We understand that Coonabarabran is now at a critical stage with low water supply, that is why Warrumbungle Shire Council will be watering the ryegrass at Number 1 and Number 3 Ovals with untreated water from the Castlereagh River”, said Cr Shinton.

“The water that Council will be using to germinate the newly sown ryegrass seeds is raw river water that has not been treated and could not be used as part of the town water supply. Using this water will not affect the levels of Timor Dam and will not have an impact on the current water shortage in Coonabarabran”, said Cr Shinton.

“Council is committed to leading the community in managing water supply and demand across the Shire, and will of course continue operating within the limits imposed by licence conditions attached to extraction of water from the river”, said Cr Shinton.

Ryegrass plays a critical role in providing an optimum playing surface for all junior and senior sporting events within our community as it is frost tolerant and remains active in the winter months.

“The Coonabarabran Sporting Complex plays a vital role in attracting regional competition, and regularly hosts carnivals for various clubs and organisations. The continued use of the Sporting Complex by local and regional groups relies on extensive annual maintenance of the grounds, including sowing of new grass when required”, said Cr Shinton.

“Council recognises the value that participation in sports adds to a community, and supports attempts to attract local and regional competition to towns throughout the Shire by providing high quality sporting facilities,” said Cr Shinton.

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Last Updated: 17 Apr 2018

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