1. Home

United front holds back Moran Oval stormwater

An Armidale rugby union club is less likely to have its seasons interrupted, thanks to a joint project between Council, the club and financial assistance from the NSW Government.

Contractor JNC Group this month finished construction of a 50-metre-long retaining wall to stop stormwater run-off inundating the Armidale Blues’ playing fields.

The fields at Michael B. Moran Oval have been repeatedly flooded by stormwater in previous seasons, leaving their surfaces too wet and muddy to host matches.

“The current drought has meant flooding certainly hasn’t been an issue so far in season 2019,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.

“However, when that desperately needed rain does come, we can be confident the retaining wall will divert water away from the playing fields and enable matches and training to go ahead.”

Council helped coordinate the project, which was funded by an $80,614 Stronger Council Communities Fund announced by the Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, last year.

Councillor Murray said: “There are a number of clubs that will benefit from what has been another very positive example of Council working with other local organisations.”

“A multitude of sports are held at Moran Oval and many other residents use the open space for recreation.

“Moran Oval is a jewel among our region’s sporting facilities and hosts significant regional events, so there are also economic benefits to making the playing surfaces more weather-proof.”

Armidale Blues spokesperson Mick Fittler said the retaining wall would be a great asset for his club, local cricket, athletics and the many other users, because it would enable them to use the fields at all times of the year.

“It will also bring extra atmosphere at events because it allows spectators to be closer to the field of play,” Mr Fittler said.

“It has been a pleasure working with Council and the contractors to make the most of the very welcome NSW Government grant and deliver a high-quality finished product.”


Latest stories


Council’s response to Coronavirus
On advice from State and Federal Governments Armidale Regional Council is implementing a number of social distancing policies and temporary public facility closures to ensure the safety of our community and to Council staff.
App gives easier access to Council services
Many Council services and updates are now even easier to access thanks to additions and improvements to the Council online app.
Water restrictions
Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
Work commences to link emergency bores
Council crews have begun to construct the underground piping and pumping network
Business leaders unite to tackle effects of Covid-19 on local businesses
A meeting of business leaders, Chamber of Commerce, councillors and council staff via video link was convened today. The meeting was held to respond to the growing hurt felt by local businesses due to the rapid control of Covid-19.
Fly Corporate announce suspension of service
The unfolding Covid-19 crisis has forced Fly Corporate to suspend passenger services from Armidale to Brisbane
Library transforms services to meet demand
Armidale Regional Library has introduced a ‘book and collect’ service and expanded its home delivery service so members can access books and other resources during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Council keeps services operating
Council is getting on with business to provide services and infrastructure for the community, while taking steps to protect its staff and residents from COVID-19 crisis.
March Council meeting cancelled
Council’s March Ordinary Meeting has been cancelled, while revised meeting processes are being investigated to protect councillors, staff and members of the public during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Council supports REX decision to suspend flights
Today’s announcement by REX Airlines that it is suspending flights to Armidale is regrettable but entirely understandable given the impacts of the COVIC-19 Corona virus, Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
Community Heritage Fund applications now open
Owners of properties listed as heritage items in Council’s Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) can apply for a grant through a Community Heritage Fund established by Council and funded through the NSW Heritage Office.
Autumn Festival & Twilight Markets cancelled
Events cancelled due to compulsory bans on gatherings of over 500 people.