MOVES to increase the density of grass on playing surfaces have been put forward as a means of limiting damage caused by corellas at Southcombe Park in Port Fairy.
Tonight at their August meeting, Moyne Shire councillors will vote on a recommendation to plant Kikuyu grass sprigs on JJ Colledge Oval and Avery’s Paddock.
The recommendation, which has been developed by council’s environment officer, calls for council to spend $18,500 on the new grass.
The environment officer’s report said council had met with turf consultants.
The consultants said the Kikuyu planting would include targeted fertiliser spreading, growth regulator application and irrigation.
Key stakeholders of the ground, the Port Fairy Cricket Club and the Port Fairy Folk Festival, undertook an inspection of the ground with the consultant. The Southcombe Park Committee of Management was unable to attend.
The report to council said those at the inspection had agreed that improvements to the resilience of the grounds’ surface would be highly beneficial and was confident of a united front going forward.
“Given that any improvement to the health of grass surfaces is certain to be of immense benefit to the three major stakeholders, it is considered highly likely that an agreement over a defined annual maintenance program will be forthcoming in the near future,” the report said.
The report also calls for council to take no action towards controlling corellas at this time.
In February, council voted against shooting to cull the corellas, instead searching for non-lethal methods.