Sport is set to return to normal for the remainder of the summer season at Ravendale following the completion of irrigation works at the facility.
Port Lincoln City Council announced on December 1 the installation of the new irrigation system was complete and all areas 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 renewal of pipework and sprinklers is aimed to help reduce maintenance costs and improve water efficiency during irrigation.
An internet hosted control system has been included that will automatically detect faults and have remote programming and operation capability.
The news has been welcomed by the Port Lincoln Cricket Association, who regularly use the oval throughout the summer for matches.
The irrigation will make the grounds better than before and modernised with this new system.Andrew Frick
The association’s president Andrew Frick said there was a little bit of difficulty with the season program with the oval being unavailable for a while, but that the organisation 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.
“It’s good to have them both (ovals) back operational.”
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.”