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Consultants who specialise in sports field drainage assessments have been brought in by Byron Council staff in an effort to address the ongoing waterlogging problems at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex (BRSCC) in Ewingsdale.

It comes in response to recent community concerns, particularly that of Paul Irwin from the Byron Community Sports Association, who says use of the fields is still limited, and that sporting groups have been unable to ‘fully use the fields for up to 12 days after rain’.

‘Due to inadequate facilities, three groups are using the fields at the moment, Mr Irwin told Echonetdaily, ‘The Suffolk Park Soccer Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, and a small group of runners [who] use part of the northern area fields, as these are the only fields under floodlight’.

‘This use has been generally restricted to the dry areas of these fields and unfortunately not the entire field dimensions. The Little Athletics Club did use their facility for a few weeks but also were restricted in their use by waterlogged areas.’

Council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, told Echonetdaily the review of the problem is intended to assess the existing soil attributes and drainage capabilities of the fields and provide advice and options on any mitigation.

‘The cost is in the order of $10,000 and the engagement will now occur after June 28 as the appointment of a consultant is the subject of a councillor notice of motion to be considered by Council on that day,’ Mr Holloway said.

Mr Holloway added work was undertaken earlier this year on additional agricultural drains, a modification to some open drains, and the fields received a top dressing and coring.

‘An open drain in the car park was also amended prior to the official opening in February to improve flow and the works to the remaining drains in the car park drains will be considered as part of the 2012/13 program for the BRSCC.

‘Further work was also undertaken to assist the water flow on the open drain between the Multi Purpose Facility (MPF) and the Cornell Family Fields in February and March 2012.’

The matter is to be discussed at Council’s Thursday meeting.

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    • yes , the last remaining dune….. why does the council not do something about this?
      it will affect ALL Byron , never mind the sport field. which is not even good for a community safe area, the moment the rain is coming down, let alone the ocean.

      and how much money was , and is spent on this ongoing attempt of sports fields.?
      and the round about before it, is the worst one I have driven on so far !

      we could have had such an amazing walk way, up grade of parks etc for the government funded stimulus packages, which will now cost us , the rate payers, I assume, for the future consultations , and repairs ?

    • Surely the issue of drainage would have come up in the initial assessment of the site. That assessment should then have been part of the brief of any final design.

      I am no engineer and from driving past the site over the past 30 years or so I am not sure why people such as Paul Irwin would not have identified this area as inappropriate for a Sports field in the first instance.

      No doubt the many millions $ would have been best used to upgrade every field in the Shire.
      Decentralise rather than bring more traffic through the Bay.

      Are there any parts of this complex that have actually functioned 100% from the day of opening?

  1. In the last 8 years has our “esteemed leader” ever got anything right?… except for the time of her next self-promotional photo opportunity.


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