Green fields but water charges are a killer for sports clubs

SPORTING clubs at Morgan Park sprinkled their way through 13820kl of water last financial year and the high cost prompted the park's user group to approach the Southern Downs Regional Council for a cheaper option.

With 8.5ha of playing fields to keep green, it is perhaps not surprising the polocrosse club used the majority of the water, pumping through 8685kl last year.

The dirt bike club was the second main user, going through 3317kl for dust suppression before and during events.

The council's director of engineering services Peter See said two options had been determined during the meeting.

The first was to extend the existing recycled effluent water main from Wood St to Morgan Park.

Option two was to build a link to the Connolly Dam.

Southern Downs councillors discussed both options during yesterday's general meeting.

But Cr Neil Meiklejohn said the report did not provide enough detail or information about what option would be more feasible.

However, Cr Ross Bartley said he was a fan of option one. "Recycled effluent is produced every day," he said.

"We put restrictions on the dam water for the rest of the town.

"In dry times, it is the best available use of resources."

Cr Cameron Gow said these were not the only two options available.

"You could put some twin tanks as big as you want and run any size of them," he said.

"Morgan Park would be able to fill the tank anytime.

"You could probably buy three or four of those set ups far, far cheaper than what is there."

No decision was made about which option the council would implement, nor was a date set for when it would be discussed later.



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