Cribb Park repairs back on track
AFTER overcoming landfill, drainage and leaking stormwater pipe issues, Cribb Park (Keith Sternberg Oval) sporting fields will once again be available for use by late March.
Work on the $1.2 million project to rebuild the flood-affected surface is well underway and when complete Norths' sporting teams will enjoy one of the best playing surfaces in the city.
The project has not been without its share of hiccups though, with a series of engineering issues delaying the proposed completion date.
During a meeting at the Norths Rugby League Club on Friday, Parks Sport and Recreation Committee chairperson, Councillor David Morrison said the fields would be ready to host winter sport next season.
"With no more unforeseen revelations, the end of March is our commitment," Morrison told Norths Rugby League Club treasurer Dave Haug.
The "unforeseen revelations" Morrison was referring to related primarily to serious leakage issues from storm water pipes under the playing surface.
The leaks threatened the stability of the former landfill site, delaying the start of the work on the playing fields.
Haug had requested the meeting after initially believing work would be complete by late January.
While Ipswich City Council has offered alternate facilities to all sporting clubs that call Cribb Park home, the league club has been surviving on grants and donations since the flood closure.
Haug said every week the playing fields remained closed after January costs the leagues club $5000 to $8000 in turnover, money which helps support community and sporting clubs.
Despite the delays Haug said he was pleased work was underway and it was time to look forward.
"We thought the fields would be completed by January so we had budgeted for that," he said.
"Work is underway now so we have to move forward now and work with council to get it back up and running."
Ipswich City Council Health, Parks and Recreation chief Craig Maudsley outlined some of the issues his department faced at Cribb Park and other venues.
"There were issues from the condition of the landfill, the drainage to the condition of the storm water pipes," he said.
"When we got to the storm water pipe we discovered it was leaking into the landfill.
"But it's not just Cribb Park, up to 40 civil projects have slipped in timeframe because of what happened in January.
"Even without the flood, some of the issues we've found once we began work on the ground would have resulted in some slippage anyway."
The redevelopment of the venue also includes the installation of new lighting and the replacement of cricket pitches and nets.