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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4789 ..

(3) Renovations are undertaken over a 2 week period twice a year. Specific renovation actions are dictated by local conditions but generally include:


removal/erection of goalposts using large equipment


mechanical aerating to reduce compaction and to promote the transfer of water and nutrients up and down the soil profile;


mechanical dethatching to remove dead grass build up from the soil surface;


fertilising using mechanised equipment and requiring watering-in;


top dressing fill in divots and uneven surfaces from seasonal wear with turf-specific soil, especially around goal mouths;


reseeding and/or turfing - Couch based ovals are over sown with rye seed prior to the winter season. Over sowing takes time to germinate and establish. Some bare areas require turfing which also requires time to establish before use;


allowing sport on newly germinated grass damages the young plants and defeat the purpose of over sowing; and


watering is required at regular intervals during the day and night to germinate grass seed and commence establishment.

(4) Sportsground bookings are managed by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate.

During the pre-winter shut down from 18- 31 March 2018, the following requests were granted access to ovals during the shutdown period: Name Activity FE=HR Holden Owners Club ACT Inc Sundry Gungahlin College Rugby League Little Athletics ACT Athletics Last Man Stands Cricket Masters AFL ACT AFL Capital Football - FFA Cup Match Football

The following requests were unable to be granted for operational reasons: Name Activity Sunday Social Cricket Canberra Ndunas Association Football

During the pre-summer shut down from 17- 30 September 2018 period the following requests were granted access to ovals during the shutdown period:

Name Activity ACT AFL Masters AFL Newgate communications Sundry Various cricket clubs Cricket training Molonglo Juggernauts AFL training

(5) Every effort is made to inform users of planned shutdown periods well in advance and to assist in making alternative arrangements. Approval for use of sporting fields during the renovation period are negotiated on a case-by-case basis noting the nature of the request and the operational requirements to ensure ovals are properly maintained.

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