Top Turf

11th November 2020
Council staff receive praise for outstanding work


Whyalla Council’s Open Spaces Oval team have recently prepared the turf wicket at Memorial Oval.  
Pictured are team members Gordon Conlin (left) and Peter Farrer (right), with Open Spaces Coordinator  Brenton Hull in the centre.

Whyalla City Council staff have been hard at work ensuring Memorial Oval is in peak form for the commencement of the local cricket season.

As part of an ongoing program of proactive maintenance and improvement, Council’s Open Spaces Oval team have recently invested a significant amount of time and effort in preparing the turf wicket at Memorial Oval.

To ensure a thorough understanding of the turf wicket preparation process and equip them with the appropriate skillset, team members Peter Farrer and Gordon Conlin recently attended workshops and participated in training sessions.

Open Space Coordinator, Brenton Hull, could not be prouder of the team’s effort.

“Peter and Gordon have done an outstanding job in preparing their very first turf wicket.  I’d like to thank them for their awesome efforts, the ovals are looking fantastic and the feedback from local teams who played last weekend has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Mayor Clare McLaughlin was also impressed with the effort that has been put into the oval.  “Council’s vision is to develop Whyalla’s ovals and facilities to ensure maximum community benefit.  Upskilling staff in this way means that Council now has the expertise to enable this specialist job to be carried out in-house.  It’s a win for Council and a win for the community.”

The recent installation of light towers at both Memorial & Bennett Ovals has also improved the lighting for training sessions and high level competitions could potentially be attracted here for night games.

“I’d like to thank the Open Spaces Ovals team for their continuing hard work and wish our local cricket teams all the best for the season” said Mayor McLaughlin.