Sports groups want improved ovals

At the February 4 meeting, Quinns Football Club vice-president Charles Evans said facilities at Gumblossom Oval in Quinns Rocks were 25 to 30 years old.

Mr Evans asked what funding the community would get for ovals around Quinns Rocks, Mindarie and Clarkson, saying other less-used ovals had received funding.

The City’s community development director Fiona Bentley said it was considering additional facilities and had listed several projects in this year’s budget.

‘Clearly Gumblossom is overused because of the lack of public open space in that area,’ she said.

‘The City is considering additional facilities to reduce the use of Gumblossom as well as the maintenance regime.

‘Additional lighting is also planned at Riverlinks, if possible, to spread the training load.

‘The planning for the Butler north district open space is advancing, which will provide additional playing fields, and the City hopes to start work at the Yanchep-Two Rocks playing field.’

Ridgewood Little Athletics vice-president Paul Mann said the club had spoken to the City several times about the condition of the Ridgewood Oval, including the uneven surface, potholes and divots.

‘The centre is concerned for the safety and possible injury to those competing,’ Mr Mann said.

‘What are the City’s intentions to remediate this issue and the proposed timeframe?’

Ms Bentley said Ridgewood was another overused oval and it took a long time to rehabilitate after the winter sports season.

‘Ridgewood is severely hammered during the winter playing season ” little athletics are recipients of that poor playing surface,’ she said.

‘The City is reviewing how the ground is maintained during winter and in preparation for summer, but it is hoped that the addition of other facilities in the near neighbourhoods will assist.’

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City would keep the users of both facilities informed.