Climate proofing sports surfaces and strengthening communities in Loddon Shire
Loddon Shire Council
About the project
The aim of this project is to develop a plan for each sporting reserve and public swimming pool in Loddon Shire to ensure sports facilities are climate proofed and communities are able to retain their invaluable sporting assets.
The project benefits will include:
- improving turf management practices such as planting of drought resistant and warm season grasses;
- assessing future access to water and improving watering systems and practices such as moisture sensors, sub surface irrigation systems, changes to frequency and amount of water, water recycling, stormwater reuse or treatment, rainwater harvesting; and
- changing sports surfaces to synthetic grass, plexipave, or asphalt.
This project was completed in March 2011 and resulted in a complete literature review of a number of existing plans and the creation of the document 'Climate proofing sport & recreation facilities strategy'. This strategy identified a number of works to reduce water use at sport and recreation facilities in Loddon Shire. The implementation of the water saving measures identified in the report will reduce the amount of water required and also reduce ongoing operational costs; thereby improving the ongoing financial viability of some clubs.
The Loddon Shire Council was successful in obtaining a grant under Round 2 of the Strengthening Basin Communities program - Water Saving Initiatives Component. These funds are enabling the Council to implement the actions highlighted in the report and when completed Loddon Shire will have sport and recreation facilities to a safe standard and help communities in the region to retain their invaluable sport and recreation assets.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Loddon Shire Council directly on 03 5494 1200.
The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.