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Mayor Tony Herbet, Gayle Tierney MP and Russells Creek Club President Peter McArdle

Smarter watering at Mack Oval

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

A new irrigation system at Mack Oval will save water, money and volunteer time.

The system covers the entire playing surface and is able to be controlled remotely, so club volunteers are no longer have to visit the oval to move sprinklers or turn them on and off.

Watering can now be automated to take place at night reducing the costs to tenant clubs associated with electricity and power consumption.

The Victorian Government committed $90,000 to the project while the Warrnambool City Council contributed $52,014.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said that better sport and recreation facilities made it easier for Victorians to enjoy healthy lives.

“This investment is a real win for the clubs, the members and the environment and we’re proud to play our part in delivering this important infrastructure,” she said.

“Through the collaborative investment of the Andrews Labor Government and the local community, Mack Oval will now be in top condition year-round.”

The finalisation of the irrigation system at Mack Oval also completes the connection to the shared bore that also services Walter Oval (completed December 2017) allowing both ovals to be watered separately.

While she was in Warrnambool, Ms Tierney also inspected work currently under way to restore the historic Wollaston Bridge.

This project is jointly funded by the Victorian Government ($195,000) and the Warrnambool City Council ($100,000) and will see the bridges structural timbers and decking replaced.

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