Strathbogie Shire Council is pleased to be able to resume works on the Friendlies Oval upgrade, following some much-needed rainfall in Euroa over the last few months.
The project is currently 40 percent complete, with early earthworks completed, the existing fence removed, and a new irrigation tank installed.
Council is back on the job, with construction underway on the turf wicket table and an irrigation system and white picket fence to be installed over the next few months.
The planting of the new Santa Ana grass on the oval will be the final part of the upgrade and is scheduled for November, dependent on suitable weather conditions.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Council appreciates the community’s patience with the project and is looking forward to completing the final stages of the upgrade.
“The Friendlies is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019 and we look forward to seeing local sporting clubs utilising what will be a fantastic oval in 2020,” Cr McClaren said.
“It will be wonderful to see another sporting ground given the refresh that it so desperately needs.”
Friendlies Oval Subcommittee member, Rob Asquith said the upgrade is going to be great for the user groups of the Friendlies.
“We’re grateful for the community’s patience with the project and we look forward to having everything in place by the end of November.”
The $210,000 upgrade has been funded through a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Cricket Facilities Fund, in conjunction with over $50,000 raised by the Friendlies Oval Committee and a $50,000 contribution from Strathbogie Shire Council.