About the project
The implementation of a Warm Season Grass Program for the playing fields in Albury City and Corowa Shire will reduce the demand on potable water resources by 27% and save the councils the provision of 23ML per year of potable water per year. This innovative program replaces the traditional grass species used on playing surfaces to a grass species which is water and heat tolerant. Part of the project at some of the ovals includes the installation and/or upgrade to drainage and irrigation infrastructure. Project works will result in the use of less potable water and reducing the costs associated with the provision of that water in maintaining community assets.
The program will:
- mplement warm season grasses on an additional 10 playing surfaces covering 16.5ha;
- reduce current water use 84ML per year by a planned 23ML per year or 27.5%;
- be phased over 3 years commencing October 2010 and concluded by June 2013;
- install or upgrade the drainage and/or irrigation system on the selected playing surfaces where appropriate;
- maintain community playing fields in good condition while using significantly less water; and
- reduce the annual demand on water resources for the Albury City Council and Corowa Shire Council.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Albury City Council directly on 02 6023 8111.
The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.