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Shire of Katanning seeks cash to enhance Quartermaine Oval surface

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The Shire of Katanning has applied for a grant to refurbish the ground at Quartermaine Oval.
Camera IconThe Shire of Katanning has applied for a grant to refurbish the ground at Quartermaine Oval. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

The Shire of Katanning has unveiled ambitious plans to secure funding aimed at revitalising the Quartermaine Oval in Katanning.

In a bid to bolster the sporting hub’s appeal and safety for players and users, the application was made to share in a portion of the State Government’s community sport and recreation funding initiative.

The need to upgrade the surface at a cost of around $3million was discussed at a council meeting on Thursday, September 28.

The shire is looking at paying for half or two-thirds of the cost ($1,233,846 or $1,709,353) and seeking external funding for the remainder.

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The shire hopes to secure the funding to make the playing surface for all users.
Camera IconThe shire hopes to secure the funding to make the playing surface for all users. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

Shire president Liz Guidera said although the project would be extremely costly, the upgrade was necessary for all ground users’ safety.

“The cost to upgrade the oval would be around $3 million and we have desperately needed this refurbishment for years,” Ms Guidera said.

“It has now reached a critical level to ensure the safety of the players and public members who use the venue.”

Many parts of the ground are dead and struggling after the past football season.
Camera IconMany parts of the ground are dead and struggling after the past football season. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

Councillor Kristy D’Aprile vouched for the motion and said it would be a welcomed project for the community.

“Our staff has been working on this for some time and has been a very high priority for many years,” Ms D’Aprile said.

“It’s really about a quality playing surface that is safe for all our players now and in the future.”

Quartermaine Oval plays host to the Katanning Wanderers football and cricket clubs and also serves as a public venue.

Katanning Wanderers Football Club president Michael Kowald said the oval was “not fit for its purpose.”

“It doesn’t drain properly and hasn’t done for years,” Mr Kowald said.

“It’s been an issue for years, so it’ll be great for everyone if it can be fixed.”

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