As the major sporting hub for the Great Southern region of Western Australia, the $27 million redevelopment of Centennial Park Sporting Precinct was a landmark project for the City of Albany. The upgrade of 43 hectares of sporting fields aimed to dramatically improve the quality of sports surfaces to attract AFL and WAFL pre-season matches.
Prior to the redevelopment, the sporting fields experienced poor drainage, often becoming waterlogged during winter. During the design phase of the project, HydroPlan focused on achieving uniform irrigation coverage to produce first-class playing surfaces for both the Eastern and Western Precincts while limiting overwatering and waterlogging.
After HydroPlan conducted initial water budgets, it became evident that the existing water supply was insufficient to water the extent of existing and proposed turf and plantings. Hydrological investigations revealed the presence of a limited amount of ground water which could be extracted through a network of spear bores and fed via a mainline into the irrigation storage tank.
For the Western Precinct, HydroPlan undertook the design and documentation of two parallel pumps with a capacity of 33l per second and 750 kPa. Both were contained within a new pump shed, completed with pump and irrigation controls as well as 500 Kl effective storage tanks.
Completed in 2019, the oval’s inaugural match was held on Anzac Day with WAFL officials commending the quality of the surface and naming it as one of the best grounds in the WAFL.