FOOTBALLERS and other users of Heywood Recreation Reserve have had to contend with dodging puddles because of its inadequate drainage system.
However, help is on the way and by next winter the problem should be solved.
A $352,000 planned project by Glenelg Shire Council has been given the green light with a $60,000 state government grant. New drainage will be installed, existing pipes lowered and drains cleaned out.
Premier and South West Coast MP Denis Napthine has seen first-hand the problems which he said meant footballers had to dodge puddles on and off the oval during training sessions and matches.
“The project will involve a big clean-out of the drainage system, ensuring water can be flushed out into the stormwater network,” Dr Napthine said.
“Heywood Recreation Reserve is a busy sporting precinct hosting football and netball during winter with cricket and tennis in summer.
“The main clubroom is also used regularly for community meetings and events while the oval hosts auctions, car-boot sales and show dog competitions.
“It is important the precinct is able to cope with various functions.”
Applications for the next round of grants of up to $100,000 under the country football program close on January 30 through local councils.
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