Hopes for a July debut for McLean Oval

Published: Monday, 10 June 2019 at 8:45:46 AM

The McLean Oval redevelopment is essentially complete and the hope is that clubs can return to the new playing field in July.

The major project was delivered in response to a poor playing surface that was often waterlogged, compromising player safety.

Plans included a larger reconstructed playing surface, LED lighting, a new irrigation system and new cricket nets.

The drainage system includes 3.7km of subsoil drainage and 8000 cubic metres of free-draining sand.

The result is a playing surface that is 1 metre higher than the old oval and can cope with wet conditions once fully established.

The project was delivered approximately 6 weeks behind schedule due to geotechnical issues that required a redesign of the drainage system.

Shire of Denmark Chief Executive Officer Bill Parker said that given the significant investment, a conservative approach is favoured.

“We are taking a long-term view of when activity can resume at McLean Oval. The last thing we want is the surface being damaged.

All going to plan, games should resume at McLean Oval in July. Depending on the performance of the playing surface, training may continue to occur at alternative venues until the end of the winter sport season,” he said.

A turf management consultant will test the surface this week and will determine when the surface is safe to play on.

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