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A drink at last

Thursday, 24th December, 2015

The Norm Fox Oval was looking grim after going for months without being watered. The old “Turf Oval” doesn’t have much turf on it anymore.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel The Norm Fox Oval was looking grim after going for months without being watered. The old “Turf Oval” doesn’t have much turf on it anymore.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Erica Visser

Cricket oval saved as others wither

The dying Norm Fox Oval has received an early Christmas present in the form of a brand new sprinkler system but other parks in town are getting browner by the day.

An electrical failure to the pop-up sprinkler system meant the oval hadn’t been watered in months, leading to concerns it would be boycotted by schools and sporting groups.

“It was a beaut oval going back four to five months ago,” said local councillor Bob Algate, “It’s certainly not now.”

But the Norm Fox received some pre-Christmas love yesterday when a brand new system was finally installed after months of unexplained delays.

The gift set City Council back $10,000 and was expected to be more hardy than the previous equipment.

But the oval is not the only ground struggling for survival with many sporting dry areas and patches of prickles. 

The Picton Oval, for example, has so far managed to survive on one watering every nine days.

Broken Hill Soccer Association President, Tom Kennedy, said the body was looking at paying for its own water from a private bore source after a “concerned citizen” offered to lend the club a water tanker.

Council had removed its above ground watering system, prompting the association to call off a planned soccer cup and threaten to cancel competitions next year.

“It’s getting to the point where the grass might still look a bit green but the ground underneath is so hard you graze your knees when you go down,” Mr Kennedy said yesterday.

“The ovals around town are all looking run down and depressing.”

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