Council's cricket ambitions

UPDATE: Whyalla City Council Acting CEO Kristen Clark fills local businesses in on how key projects have been progressing.
UPDATE: Whyalla City Council Acting CEO Kristen Clark fills local businesses in on how key projects have been progressing.

The Whyalla City Council are aiming to attract a state or national cricket match to be broadcast live at Bennett Oval.

This was outlined in a presentation by Council Acting CEO Kirsten Clark at the Playford Apartments on Thursday. The City Update event was organised by the Chamber of Commerce Events Team.

Council will be installing a new cricket pitch at the oval on Monday while lighting upgrades will be undertaken after the AFL pre-season game between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs on March 7.

Installing the new pitch will mean the start of the Whyalla Football League season will be pushed back by two weeks as the ground recovers.

The redevelopment of the Bennett oval grandstand and changerooms is nearing completion, with the facilities due to be handed back to council early next week.

Mr Clark also detailed the progress on the new jetty, with 72 out of the 102 piles having been installed by two Maritime Construction crews.

"The concrete deck that goes around the 'doughnut' was completed so the workers out there are now able to work around the loop which is good," Mr Clark said.

The weather continues to post a significant challenge for the workers, with days of high winds bringing work to a standstill, but Mr Clark says the council is still aiming to get the jetty finished by mid-year.

Council is also undertaking work on key city assets through their extensive $14 million road and footpath resurfacing package that was unveiled last year.

"We've been doing some Black Spot work on two roundabouts and also the Hincks Avenue/Nicolson Avenue corner," he said.

"In terms of road resurfacing we've got around 100 roads that are going to be touched through March. This is our way of bringing Whyalla into the modern era."

The City Update marked the first event to be organised by the Chamber of Commerce events team - attracting a room full of businesses eager to hear the latest on key council projects.

Events Team Member Barbara Derham said she was pleased to see a wide range of businesses attending, including industries such as real estate, hospitality, banking and heavy industry.

"Everyone is willing to help, no different from when the migrant group came to the city, people are hungry to know what's happening in the city," she said.