Footy fixture on track at oval after redevelopment

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The renovated McLean Park sports and recreation precinct in Denmark is set to host its first Great Southern Football League fixture this month.

Denmark-Walpole Football Club will clash with the Albany Sharks on July 27.

The first official training session at the oval is expected to be held today. Shire of Denmark corporate and community services director Cary Green said the Shire was pleased with the work carried out over the past year.

“We are extremely happy with the oval and the professional work completed by all the staff and contractors that have been involved in the project to date,” he said. “There is some minor works and tidy-up to be completed. We will be conducting site assessments after each use in the preliminary stages to determine the wear and tear and ensure no damage is being done.”

The oval redevelopment is six weeks behind schedule due to “geotechnical issues” which required the Shire to redesign the field’s drainage system.

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The project was delivered in response to reports of a poor playing surface which was often waterlogged and compromised player safety.

The playing surface is now 1m higher than before the redevelopment and should be better equipped to deal with wet conditions.

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