I can’t be bothered reading through budget papers, so I don’t know if this has been addressed elsewhere, but I have received news that at least 40% of all ACT sportsgrounds will be closed by August (perhaps sooner) if the drought does not break.
This means all ACT junior and senior football and other grass sport clubs and teams will be only able to train one night a week, and many grounds will be rationalised and closed. Many game day facilities, especially those used by Juniors and amateur leagues will be closed indefinately.
This effects all codes played on sportsgrounds, and in the end will lead to the destruction of playing surfaces from too much traffic.
I realise that there we are in a drought and water is a precious commodity, but considering the social, fitness, health and wellbeing aspects of recreational sport in the ACT, as well as the hundreds of jobs in retail/manufacture/sports medicine, is this a sacrifice that society as a whole – and not just interested participants,parents and observers – believe is one that should be made.
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Out of interest, I would like to know how much water is invested in sportsgrounds – is anyone able to give an accurate estimation?
What is the general populations opinion on this?
Disclaimer: I write this as an administrator and participant in senior sport in the ACT, and am wondering if we are thought of as a selfish minority, and this sacrifice is one for the best of all society.