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.