Drainage systems to be upgraded at three football grounds

Three local sports ovals are due for playing surface improvements worth $410,000 over the next two years, according to Gosford Council and Central Coast Football.

Gosford Council has agreed to match the $205,000 commitment by Central Coast Football to upgrade the drainage systems at James Browne Oval in Woy Woy, Hylton Moore Park in East Gosford and Gavenlock Oval in Narara.

Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said it was pleasing to see Council teaming up with Central Coast Football again to deliver better recreational and sporting facilities.

“Just like we did at Kincumber’s Frost Reserve last year, our staff and Central Coast Football will work closely together over the next two years to install new drainage systems at these three popular ovals,” Cr McKinna said.

“At this stage, we anticipate that the upgrades at James Browne Oval and Hylton Moore Park could be completed by the end of next summer.

“Work at Gavenlock Oval should be fi nished by the end of summer in 2017. “Not only will players notice a big improvement to the playing surfaces, but the new drainage systems will also mean players are back on the grounds quicker after wet weather.

“I’m very proud that Council will match Central Coast Football’s tremendous commitment of $205,000 towards these upgrades, which will especially benefi t the football community here on the Central Coast,” he said.

Central Coast Football’s general manager, Mr Darren Sprod said he was excited by the opportunity to partner with Gosford Council to invest in more local playing fields.

“Our sport continues to grow and it is important that we work with Council to deliver better playing surfaces across the region,” Mr Sprod said.

“The $205,000 we are providing is not only a vital investment in the community’s recreational facilities, but will also support the thousands of locals that play football on weekends by ensuring less down time during the wet winter months.

“I would like to thank Council for its vision with these upgrades as well as working collaboratively to help our sport,” he said.

Media release, 7 July 2015
Gosford Council media