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Decision made on Shellharbour and Wollongong grounds


Shellharbour City Council has once again closed all their sportsfields, categories 1,2 and 3, for the end of the week and the weekend, for all sport and training.    

Council has thanked the public for their patience as they continue to monitor and assess Council’s fields.

The commencement of winter sport is a priority, as to is the provision of quality, and safe, playing surfaces, when approaching the closure of fields, Council needs to consider the longevity of the playing surfaces, what permanent damage could be sustained, and the impacts further damage will have on other users, adding that it's a challenge and Council is working hard to meet everyone’s needs.

With rainy conditions expected to continue over the next 4 – 6 weeks, Council will be amending its approach to reviewing sports field closures.

Until further notice the following will apply:

  • Following the weekend competition, Council will assess fields and will make an announcement on Monday afternoon as to which field will be opening for weekday training and competition.  
  • In preparation for weekend competition, Council will assess fields and will make an announcement on Friday morning as to which fields will be opened for week end competition.

To ensure fairness to all and to prevent permanent damage to the fields due to overuse, Council will honour existing bookings only, if a field is closed for weekday training Council will not be in a position to identify alternative fields for all affected users.

Wollongong City Council has advised via their website, that all their sportfields will remain closed until further notice.

Image: Sardaka (talk) 07:58, 14 May 2013 (UTC), CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons (image for illustration purposes only)