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Council program to kick goals for local sport

09 February, 2017

Brisbane City Council is making sure the grass is greener for the city’s much loved sporting clubs, this week launching a dedicated $368,000 upgrade program for sports fields across the city.

Brisbane Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Matthew Bourke said Council would be undertaking a Sports Field Aeration Program to deliver safer, more sustainable facilities for residents, ahead of the winter sports season.

“Council is committed to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents, and our sporting clubs play an integral part in helping Council achieve this vision,” Cr Bourke said.

“This financial year, Council will be undertaking a range of upgrades across 200 community sports club fields to improve the field surface through on the ground works such as weed spraying and fertiliser distribution, so fields are ready for soccer, rugby and AFL.

“This is designed to help tenants maintain a safe, sustainable playing surface by improving turf coverage, reducing surface hardness, removing problematic weeds and increasing water infiltration.”

Cr Bourke said on top of the Aeration Program, Council would be undertaking a citywide audit of sporting fields to identify those in most need of some extra attention to get them ready for kick-off.

“Council will be inspecting 300 fields across the city to assess the state of the grounds, and understand the individual needs of the facilities and their tenants.

“These dedicated programs will not only deliver safer, more durable surfaces for playing fields right across the city, while encouraging more people to get involved in sport.

“Brisbane is a vibrant, active city and Council is playing its part in inspiring residents to head outdoors and enjoy all their local communities have to offer.

“This initiative also allows Council to work closely with community and sporting clubs to ensure fields are not only looking their best, but are functional and easy to maintain.”

The Testing Program and Aeration Program will run concurrently, with works expected to kick off in the next few weeks.

For more information about Council’s lifestyle programs and initiatives, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.



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