Irrigation works at Port Lincoln sport complex finished

INSTALLED: Andrew Frick next to one of the newly installed sprinklers at the Ravendale Sporting Complex.
INSTALLED: Andrew Frick next to one of the newly installed sprinklers at the Ravendale Sporting Complex.

Sport is set to return to normal for the remainder of the summer season following the completion of irrigation works at the facility.

Port Lincoln City Council announced on December 1 the installation of the new irrigation system had been completed all areas of the complex were now open for sport competitions and recreation.

Work began in September to replace to hydraulic irrigation system with a modern electronic system.

The council’s manager community infrastructure Nigel Melzner said the project came in “on time and on budget”.

Mayor Bruce Green said the new system would benefit the complex and those who use it.

“The new irrigation system is a welcome upgrade to our sporting and recreational grounds in our community, allowing council to provide a high standard of ground care and will also allow for improved irrigation efficiency and maintenance cost savings,” he said.

The news has been welcomed by the Port Lincoln Cricket Association, who regularly use the oval throughout the summer for matches.

Association president Andrew Frick said there was a little bit of difficulty with the season program with the oval being unavailable for a while, but the association adapted.

“We had to play on Sundays which shaked things up a bit,” he said.

“There were a few hiccups along the way but altogether we gout out unscathed.”

Mr Frick said it was great to have the grounds fully open again for the remainder of the cricket season, and to have the new system in place to ensure the grounds are well irrigated in the future.

“Going forward it will be great for seasons to come,” he said.

“The irrigation will make the grounds better than before and modernised with this new system.”

Mr Melzner said the council was fortunate to engage local contractors GP Hemming and Groundwork Landscaping for this project.