Tungamah’s Jubilee Park has been allocated $50,000 in Moira Shire’s 2017-18 budget to replace the old irrigation system.
In addition, the council voted to support “scoping” works to replace the flood-damaged change rooms at the oval and seek funding to complete this project.
President of the Tungamah Football Netball Club Nathan Lawless said the football club was “wrapt to hear this announcement from Moira Shire”.
“It allows us to plan into the future,” Nathan said.
“The Jubilee Park Committee of Management, as well as the football club, has the interests of the whole community in mind and this is a great result.”
Nathan spoke at last month’s special meeting of council to hear budget submissions and he asked council to allow funding for a new sprinkler system as well as develop a plan to update the Jubilee Park community rooms and in particular the change rooms, neither of which were noted in the draft budget.
His submission proved successful and in a report tendered to the special meeting of council to approve the budget last week, and approved by CEO Mark Henderson, it said “Jubilee Park Tungamah will benefit from an allocation of $50,000 to replace the aging irrigation infrastructure…. Replacement change rooms at the Tungamah football grounds will be scoped with a view to seeking future funding opportunities”.
Nathan said the original sprinklers were installed in 1976, upgraded in the ‘90s to a hydraulic system and the in the early 2000s they were upgraded to an automatic system.
“But now this is starting to wear out and we are really looking at a complete rebuild,” he said.
“Work on the drainage at the oval to quickly and efficiently get water off the surface after heavy rain or minor flooding is also a priority so we are hoping to use some of the funding to also address those drainage issues, we are future proofing the condition of the ground.
“The support from the shire to also plan for renewing the change rooms is fantastic and this will work in well with the implementation of the Jubilee Park Master Plan which is currently being drafted.”
Nathan said it wasn’t just football that used the oval, traditionally cricket was also played but due to the poor conditions of the oval a match hasn’t been played for several years.
“With the new sprinkler system installed we are hoping to get cricket back at the oval on a regular basis,” he said.
“We are also in talks to encourage soccer and women’s football to be played on the oval.
“The possibilities are endless now and I think with the growth in junior cricket, football and soccer there is a real need for good quality ovals and now Tungamah will be able to cater to that need.”