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By Editor in on 12 Sep 2007
Synthetic turf and drought-tolerant grass could replace traditional playing surfaces on Victoria's sports grounds as councils struggle to maintain them in increasingly dry conditions.
Sub-surface irrigation systems, desalination equipment and bores could also be built to provide water to maintain the state's 2000 sports grounds in a playable condition.
But resurfacing costs are estimated at $30,000 a field, and sub-surface irrigation systems could cost up to $100,000 each.
An alliance of Victoria's peak sports bodies and council representatives met yesterday and called on the State Government to provide $80 million in funding over eight years to save the state's sports grounds.
They want a three-month exemption on watering bans to allow them to water in drought-tolerant grasses.
The alliance -- which includes representatives from the AFL, Cricket Victoria, Tennis Victoria and the Victorian Golf Association -- stressed the livelihood of thousands of amateur and junior sports clubs were at risk from worsening drought conditions.
All outside watering is banned under stage 4 watering restrictions.
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Source : http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22402911-2862,00.html
The Herald Sun by Sarah Wetherspoon
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