Precinct takes out state cricket award

AWARD: Kathryn Johnson, Jeff Adams and Rob Stead holding the award and trophy given to council.
AWARD: Kathryn Johnson, Jeff Adams and Rob Stead holding the award and trophy given to council.

Port Pirie's new sporting precinct has been recognised for its outstanding cricket facilities in a South Australia Cricket Association award. 

Pursuing a nomination, to win the category for the Community Facility Project of the Year was Port Pirie's own precinct which won over Campbelltown Oval and the City of Onkaparinga. 

Port Pirie Regional Council were aiming to raise the profile of the city as an economic opportunity that would bring outsiders in, and from what they have seen with the JLT series and recent Masters Games, they have done this. 

"I guess what they were looking for was the impact that the facility would have on the community and the various features and standards that the facility was built to," director of infrastructure Kathryn Johnson said. 

The manager behind the precinct, Jeff Adams, said that they purposefully built the oval to an AFL standard.

"For growing the lawns, we have a sand base underneath purely for drainage and a mega-flow structure right around which also includes around the cricket pitches, so that they can take a fairly heavy rain event, without the pitches and fields becoming muddy at all," he said.

"It is all about the impact on the players and the sustainability of the grass. Hence it proved its design over the AFL game."

With recent sports, Mr Adams says the oval is holding up really well, in addition to the two cricket pitches that were designed around an area that was left for the football centre bounce.

"The oval is holding up really well with all sports. We knew we were going to have a problem with baseball because they have the batting box and that is where the most impact is," he said.

Overall, receiving the award was not a surprise to Jeff and his team as he said it is a really great oval. 

"Talking to different groups that come out of town like SACA, Cricket Australia, the AFL, Baseball SA and SANFL have said it is one of the best AFL grounds outside of Adelaide Oval itself," Jeff said.

"To hear it won the award, I was glad it did because it just ensured the comments that had already been made about it, that it was one of the best in Australia, as a regional facility."