Loddon Recreation Facility Drought Proofing Project

Funded by the Federal Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the Shire of Loddon, the aim of this Strategy is to identify ways in which to ‘drought-proof’ sport and recreation facilities in Loddon Shire. The term ‘drought-proofing’, refers to positioning recreation reserves so that they have the best chance possible to withstand periods of low rainfall and reduced supply from other water sources, using all available resources.
There are 46 sport and recreation facilities across Loddon Shire that the Council wishes to drought proof through this project, to ensure that these facilities are able to be used by communities in the long term. These facilities include ovals used for football and cricket; hockey pitches; croquet greens; lawn bowls greens; tennis courts; swimming pools; and Little Lake Boort, which is used for recreational activities and irrigation of sporting facilities.
This project involved reviewing water and turf management practices of the 47 specified turf based playing fields / swimming facilities in Loddon Shire with a view to identifying:
• Options to reduce water use, e.g. installation of improved irrigation systems, installation of thermal swimming pool blankets, development of hard courts, installation of water efficient appliances, etc.
• Options to access more alternative sources of water, e.g. storm water, rainwater and recycled water.
• Improved turf management practices, e.g. most appropriate types of turf to reduce water use, yet provide a quality playing surface.
• Enhanced Turf maintenance schedules to ensure that playing surfaces are maintained in optimum condition, within resources available.
• Long term facility requirements to increase sustainability of clubs, e.g. extension to club rooms, decommissioning of tennis courts and development of shared courts, improved landscaping and play opportunities, etc.

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