Restoration works are underway to improve the playing surface of Tanunda Oval, in the first of many upgrades to town ovals across the region.
Drawing on advice from former Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett, Barossa Council has invested around $30,000 plus in-kind resources, in addition to contributions from Tanunda’s sporting clubs and the SACA (South Australian Cricket Association).
While the oval is a popular destination for walkers, dog owners and fitness enthusiasts, Council Director Peter Bice is asking members of the community to work with Council to get the best possible outcome by minimising the use of the facility during the upgrade.
“It’s a big project to bring the pitch and playing surface back to mint condition, and involves a variety of treatments including coring, aerating and top dressing the soil across the whole oval,” he said.
“It should be the best surface we’ve seen for many years and the bulk of the work is expected to be completed in time for the cricket season.”
The work is part of Council’s $1 million investment in ovals across the region this financial year.
“Council has taken a region-wide approach to the maintenance and upgrade of ovals across our major townships,” said Mr Bice.
“We’re currently undertaking an audit to assess the highest priority needs and will be making significant improvements to playing surfaces as the year progresses.”