Council is committed to provide higher quality parks and recreational open spaces through the implementation of highly efficient and improved irrigation systems, intensive drainage systems and turf maintenance practices. As part of this commitment, is undertaking rehabilitation works to tackle ongoing salinity issues at Cheney Park. The objective of these rehabilitation works is to overcome the high salt levels which are causing the playing field at Cheney Park to be scaled. Salinity has been observed and managed at Cheney Park for over 20 years.
Overall the main objectives for the project is to:
- Upgrade current drainage and irrigation systems at Cheney Park to prevent further degradation;
- Ensure salinity issue at Cheney Park is dealt with; and
- Improve sporting field turf quality to encourage the return of sporting and recreational activities to the park.
Following investigation works in 2018/19, Council received a $550,000 grant under the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund to rehabilitate the site.
This project will ensure Council implements adequate and sustainable measures to rehabilitate the playing surface and reinstate Cheney Park as a premier sporting facility.
This project has now been completed. The park is now open for people to use, however before the playing fields can be fully utilised by sporting groups, surface finishing works will be undertaken later this year. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
For further information on the Cheney Oval Rehabilitation Project, contact Council's Infrastructure Team on 02 6861 2344.