Warrnambool City Council has called for tenders for the supply of turf for its new Reid Oval playing surface.
Turf specialists SportENG have recommended that Santa Ana couch was the most appropriate species of grass and had been discussed with Reid Oval stakeholders, the council said.
Councillor Sue Cassidy said that inviting tenders now meant that the grass could be well established over winter and more likely to establish quickly when installed at Reid Oval.
"While it is easy to get excited about the built facilities, the ground surface remains just as important," she said.
"We are opting for Santa Ana couch grass which will provide year-round coverage and we can over-sow this with rye grass in winter.
"In the goal squares we will have some synthetic grass sown in with natural grass to provide greater durability.
"This grass coverage will allow the ground to be used up to 30 hours a week.
"Another important part of the project will be the lighting upgrade to allow football matches to be played at night."
The turf is scheduled to be installed in the summer of 2020/2021.
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